5 Of The Best “Wouldn’t Life Be Cooler If…” Inventions
1. Who needs a Segway?
The time-traveling DeLorean in Back to the Future is top of a lot of people’s lists of coolest movie gadget ever — not only is it a time machine, it’s a DeLorean! But from a day to day standpoint, the hoverboard that Marty McFly used in Back to the Future 2 might come in a bit more handy.
2. Takes a licking and keeps on clicking?
Well beyond helping these kids learn to tell time, the watches in Spy Kids were simply awesome. Not only did they come with TV and internet access, they shot handy laser beams at the unwary and unsavory.
3. Maybe not all that useful, but so cool
Although not necessarily as handy as HBO and Google on your wrist, a handle that pops out with a controlled laser beam that can slice, cut and melt just about anything — and makes a nifty sound going on and off. What would Obi Wan Kenobe be without his lightsaber?
4. A whole new meaning to “air traffic”
From the Jetsons to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to The Fifth Element, flying cars are a popular movie modernization. Wouldn’t your daily commute be nicer if you could just get above it all for a little bit?
5. Why go first class? When you could just… go?
Someday, the eptiome of wealth won’t be the image of sliding into the back of a luxurious car and murmuring “home, James” — it will be the notion of stepping onto a little disk and saying “beam me home, James.” The teleporter from Star Trek, like the machine that Willy Wonka uses to send actual chocolate to people’s television sets, could change everything.