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Technology moves at an alarming pace. Innovations come thick and fast, with the technology in use 10 Gadgets You Wish You Owned [We Ask You Results] 10 Gadgets You Wish You Owned [We Ask You Results] But which gadgets did you, the enlightened and enlightening MakeUseOf readership, tell us were currently high on your wishlist? Read on to find out. Read More changing wildly from one decade to the next. The speed of this change is both scary and exciting. But mostly exciting.

It means that we, as geeks, tend to keep one eye fixed firmly on the future, and books, movies, and video games all play into our collective need to dream about what tech is awaiting us in that future, whether it’s a dystopian one or a utopian one.

With this in mind we set you the task of helping us compile a list of the most-wanted fictional gadgets that (don’t yet) exist. You excelled yourselves, and the results of our discussion are set out below for your reading pleasure.

Waiting For The Future To Arrive

We asked you, Which Fictional Gadget Would You Sell Your Soul For? Which Fictional Gadget Would You Sell Your Soul For? [We Ask You] Which Fictional Gadget Would You Sell Your Soul For? [We Ask You] Fictional gadgets are always so much cooler than those sitting on store shelves. The question is, which fictional gadget would you sell your soul to own? Read More We had a good number of responses to this question, and the variety of fictional gadgets offered up for approval was very refreshing. Which strongly suggests you all read too many sci-fi novels, play too many video games, and watch far too many nonsense Hollywood blockbusters. All solid credentials for being a geek Which Type of Geek Are You, Exactly? Which Type of Geek Are You, Exactly? Alright, from the response we received to an infograph about the things every geek should know, we've established that the term 'geek' isn't generic, and thus, can't be applied to every person who is geeky... Read More .

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The most interesting aspect of the discussion is how close some of the gadgets mentioned are to becoming reality. Time travel may not ever be possible (though we should all remain hopeful), but there are scientists and engineers working on early versions of several of the following fictional gadgets. I just hope I live long enough to see them emerge from laboratories and workshops.

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The 10 fictional gadgets we, and indeed you, wish were real are as follows:

  • Quantum Leap Accelerator from Quantum Leap
  • Persocom from Chobits
  • Bubble Ship from Oblivion
  • J.A.R.V.I.S. from Iron Man
  • Holodeck from Star Trek
  • Lightsaber from Star Wars
  • Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device from Portal
  • Palantir from The Lord Of The Rings
  • Bumblebee from Transformers
  • TARDIS from Doctor Who

Feel free to continue this discussion of fictional gadgets in the comments section below. If we get a sizeable number of suggestions then the subject matter may warrant further investigation. Unless Doctor Who This Show Has Been Running 50 Years! Top 9 Websites About Doctor Who This Show Has Been Running 50 Years! Top 9 Websites About Doctor Who Doctor Who is a geeky TV show that has a very extensive catalog of information that spans over fifty years, and it would be foolish for anyone to say that they know everything about the... Read More turns up and whisks me away for adventures aplenty. In which case you’re on your own.

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Robert Martin, Xoandre, and Michelle T. Comment Of The Week goes to Rajaa C, who wins a T-shirt for this comment Which Fictional Gadget Would You Sell Your Soul For? [We Ask You] Which Fictional Gadget Would You Sell Your Soul For? [We Ask You] Fictional gadgets are always so much cooler than those sitting on store shelves. The question is, which fictional gadget would you sell your soul to own? Read More :

I would personally like the Bumblebee (Transformer). All fictional gadgets are just that, gadgets. However, Bumblebee, scores way over others in that it has a soul for you, besides transforming into a cool car or a super cool robot with AI. It can be my mightiest protector and save me from all the bad elements in this world. However, above all it will be my FRIEND with a SOUL, and that is the gadget you can also give your SOUL for. Isn’t it?

We chose this comment because the commenter drew on the “soul” aspect of the question to produce a fine response. Bumblebee would be a pretty awesome gadget to own in its own right, but what could be better than trading your soul for something else that also has a soul? I would prefer Optimus Prime myself, but then I’m greedy like that.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 5, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Would have liked to win rather the yellow with black stripe Camaro over the tee shirt. However, I'll settle for the tee as for now, however in the next giveaway, do consider the Camaro. :P Hahaha. Thanks a ton for selecting my comment. Now let me claim the tee. Waiting for Jackson's email as lost out in claiming all my previous wins. :)

    • Dave P
      June 5, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Ah, if only we could have awarded Bumblebee to the winner instead. That would have been all kinds of awesome.

      I have no idea why that would be the case. I have forwarded your winning comment on to Jackson and he should be contacting you shortly. If he doesn't then let me know and I will chase it up for you.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      June 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Dave,

      Not yet have received the mail from Jackson. I presume as I have not claimed all the earlier winning, he presumed the same for this time too. :(

    • Dave P
      June 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      I have already emailed Jackson about this but I haven't yet received a reply. I think he's on vacation so give me a little time to sort it out.

      Where are you based (roughly)?

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      June 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I am based in Kolkata ( Calcutta ), India, I guess Saikat's hometown. :)

  2. Victor O
    June 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Does not the Tardis technically have a soul?

    • Dave P
      June 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Oh, possibly so, but the comment choosing the TARDIS didn't mention it, so they lose!

  3. Jim Gibson
    June 4, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Possibly the best of all of them that you omitted to list was from Star Trek, the Tricorder.

    • Dave P
      June 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I tried to include just one from any particular TV show or movie, and I thought the Holodeck was more compelling than the tricorder. Yes, I chose entertainment over health. Oops.

  4. Mostafaelzawy
    June 4, 2014 at 3:56 am

    nice

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