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Widescreen wearables: top wearable tech from the silver screen

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Posted on June 24, 2015

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Metropolis, Blade Runner, Alien: these are a few of my favourite things.

I bet you can guess that sci-fi is one of my favourite genre’s of film – and I love when it gives us a peek at the technology we could be using in the future!

Which is why I thought it would be fun to explore some of the greatest tech in film for Wearable Wednesdays. Wearable tech, of course!

Here’s my list of the best wearables in film.

Virtual reality in Back to the Future II (1989)

Marty and Doc in Back to the Future II
Pictured: scene from Back to the Future II. Watch now on BigPond movies.

We may not have our hover boards yet (seriously, where’s my hover board?!), but Back to the Future did get one prediction right – virtual reality.

Family dinner at the McFly house could not be complete without a VR headset, obviously predicting current VR tech like Google Glass and Oculus Rift… though I’ve yet to see someone using them at the dinner table…

Honourable mention: Geordi La Forge’s visor in the Star Trek series.

Implantables in Total Recall (2012)

Pictured: scene from Total Recall. Watch now on BigPond Movies.
Pictured: scene from Total Recall. Watch now on BigPond Movies.

There’s a lot of films that take advantage of implantable tech, those little gadgets that live under the skin. But one of my favourites is from Total Recall.

In the remake, Quaid and his pursuers have a phone right in the palm of their hands – literally! It lights up and flashes when receiving calls and calls are taken by simply lifting the implant to the ear.

Both cool and creepy, I’m not sure if I’d get one. Would you?

Auto-translation in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Pictured: scene from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Watch now on BigPond Movies.
Pictured: scene from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Watch now on BigPond Movies.

Speaking of implantables, probably one of the most universally useful wearables could be the Babel Fish in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Though technically not a piece of tech, it’s definitely a wearable we’d like to have! Simply insert this fella into your ear and never worry about getting lost in translation again!

Motion controls in Minority Report (2002)

Pictured: scene from Minority Report. Watch now on BigPond Movies.
Pictured: scene from Minority Report. Watch now on BigPond Movies.

I love when Tom Cruise puts on his fancy gloves and starts swishing around objects on a screen in Minority Report. It’s so fun! And futuristic!

Unfortunately, I think this one missed the mark, as similar tech today is looking to ditch the wearable, while keeping the motion controls. Still cool, nonetheless.

Smart accessories in Batman (various)

Pictured: scene from Batman Begins. Watch a classic Batman film on BigPond Movies.
Pictured: scene from Batman Begins. Watch a classic Batman film on BigPond Movies.

Batman is a man of many talents. He’s also a man of many tools, and his belt was his wearable of choice.

The belt held different tools for different Batman’s, but one thing remained the same: it was the dadmob of the wearables world.

Honourable mention: the shoe phone in Get Smart.

Smart contacts in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2012)

Mission Impossible
Pictured: scene from Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Watch a MI film on BigPond Movies now.

Need to remember a code (such as those pesky nuclear launch codes) without writing it down? Jeremy Renner’s smart contact lenses in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol could be the answer!

The cool thing about this wearable is that it’s actually a possibility, with Google announcing last year that they plan to create smart contact lenses.

Smart armour in Iron Man

Pictured: scene from Iron Man 2. Watch one of the Iron Man films on BigPond Movies.
Pictured: scene from Iron Man 2. Watch one of the Iron Man films on BigPond Movies.

Of course, no list like this could be complete without the ultimate of wearables: the Iron Man suit. It flies, it’s powerful and it’s worn by Tony Stark (aka, Robert Downey Jr! sigh) – what more do you need?!

What’s your favourite movie wearable?

Note: this is a personal post; the opinions in it are Jamie’s own.