Movie: Men in Black
Despite starring Will Smith in shades and a black suit, the Neuralyzer is still the coolest thing in this 90s classic. That’s saying something. A chrome cigar-tube with a flashing light, that allows you to forget anything? Take our money.
Gadget: Image Scrubbing
Movie: Minority Report
Minority Report is a fine film, but what everyone remembers is how damn cool Tom Cruise looked moving holographic images around with a pair of three-fingered gloves. Tony Stark never did it as well.
Movie: Star Wars
Ever since May 25, 1977, children (and, secretly, adults) have been swinging sticks and wrapping paper tubes, making ‘whoosh’ sound effects. We need the real deal.
Movie: Back to the Future II
Since the Back to the Future sequel was set in the (then) futuristic year or 2015, there was a public outcry to make these a reality by the time the year rolled by. The closest thing we got looked like segway without the handle. NOT. GOOD. ENOUGH.
Teddy is so much more than a gadget. He’s a proper character. He’s a robotic bear owned by David, a robotic boy. He’s the film’s voice of reason and David’s protector. When he growls ‘I am NOT a toy’, he goddamn means it.
Gadget: Shark Repellent Bat Spray
Movie: Batman The Movie (1966)
Watching the dour and overly-serious Batman V Superman, it’s hard not to wish for the campy Batman-in-pants days of the 60s. The definitive moment came when Batman wards off an attacking great-white with Shark Repellent Bat Spray, an invention that manages to be very handy and totally useless at the same time.
Gadget: Fyling Umbrella
Movie: Mary Poppins
Forget Ryan Air. The cheapest and most convenient way to travel would be Mary Poppin’s umbrella. Imagine the fun of flying to work with it! Just pray the kaccaturi don’t mistake you for something feathery and endangered.
While George Lucas was dreaming of lightsabers and Millennium Falcons, Woody Allen was thinking up more…down-to-earth inventions. This chamber allows the user to have an orgasm in a few seconds. Perfect for these time-strained days.
Forget all that fruitless Tinder-swiping. Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ proved that all we need for romance in our lives is an artificially intelligent operating system on our phone. Preferably with Scarlett Johansson’s husky voice.
Gadget: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Movie: …take a guess.
So, society wants us to believe that the coolest cars are Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris. But lets be honest: who wouldn’t rather own the charming Chitty, with it’s ability to fly you to (possibly hallucinatory) fantasy kingdoms? However, the constant banging noises are slightly ominous.