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As a geek you’re bound to have a wishlist packed full of real gadgets that exist right now. And yet fictional gadgets are always so much cooler than those sitting on store shelves.

There are plenty of fictional gadgets to choose from too, with countless books, movies, and television shows having featured them over the years. The question is, which fictional gadget would you sell your soul to own? If selling your soul in return for a gadget was an option, of course.

Real Or Not, I Want One

We want to know, Which Fictional Gadget Would You Sell Your Soul For?

A couple of weeks ago we asked which real-world gadget was currently top of your wishlist What Gadget Do You Really Want Right Now? [We Ask You] What Gadget Do You Really Want Right Now? [We Ask You] As you sit there reading this on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, what one gadget stands out above all the others? Tell us. Now. Read More . It was a good discussion which resulted in a Top 10 list of coveted gadgets 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 , but it prompted another, perhaps better, question related to gadgets that only exist in fiction.

These are the fictional gadgets that the writer of a book, movie, or television show has conjured up in his or her mind. They don’t exist in the real-world, and maybe never will, but that doesn’t stop us all wishing we could get our hands on these awesome gadgets.


Rather than suggest any of these fictional gadgets and risk overly influencing the results, we’ll just throw the names of some TV shows, movies, and books out there in order to jog your memories…

James Bond 3 James Bond Gadgets You Can Make From an Old Smartphone 3 James Bond Gadgets You Can Make From an Old Smartphone The smartphone is the most sophisticated gadget we carry with us everyday. And while we don’t have our own Q Branch working for us in a secret lab, thanks to a few intrepid DIY-ers and... Read More , Doctor Who, Star Trek, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Time Machine, Back To The Future, Harry Potter, Iron Man, Men In Black, Minority Report and, of course, Star Wars 10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow 10 Twitter Accounts All Star Wars Fans Should Follow In October 2012 Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the production company primarily known for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. For a fraction over $4 billion, Disney therefore landed the Star Wars franchise, and promptly announced... Read More . These are just a few of the franchises to keep in mind when considering which fictional gadget you would sell your sell for.

Choose just one fictional gadget — the one you would love to own above all others — and tell us the reason(s) it’s top of your wishlist. There are no right or wrong answers, just some amazing responses and an intoxicating discussion. We hope.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You ResultsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post!

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. moe3ius
    June 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Transport Plate or Transport Bean (like the star trek).
    No one need a car, airplane, subway or whatever to go at work, schooll or everywhere,.
    If you wish a vacation on tahiti or sky in alps, walk over the board and now you stay there.

  2. Mel Waxman
    June 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Woody Alan's orgasmatron

  3. Imad.sawal
    June 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm


  4. Imad.sawal
    June 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Selling my soul for a gadget ? Well , that's a risky question . The fictional gadget which I want would be Jack Sparrow's "Black Pearl" , wait that is not a gadget , right ? A gadget which is currently in development and possibly be present in the future is the Marauder's Map ( many android apps are similar to that ) and the Invisibility Cloak as well as a whole invisible sheet of covers ( such as that in the Avengers' Air Carrier ) . They are all having-a-possiblity-to-exist and equally fantastic !

  5. likefunbutnot
    May 30, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Virtual girlfriend.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm


    • dragonmouth
      May 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Sorry, Dave, she's going out with BOB. :P

    • Dave P
      June 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Nah, he's too old for her.

  6. Don Gateley
    May 30, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Repeat from your last gadget poll whose purpose I misunderstood:

    I want an audio DAC with a difference. It should accept audio input either from USB or from a 1/8" stereo analog input, filter it with fast FFT based floating point convolution, and output at pristine quality to analog 'phone/line. The convolution kernels should be downloadable/selectable via the USB and it should keep them in non-volatile ram for off-line, analog only use. It should filter stereo to stereo straight through or stereo to stereo with four kernels and cross channel mixing for ambiance and stereo->binaural.

    On that base hardware I can offer some DSP magic and others can probably improve on it and add to it. :-)

  7. Raque
    May 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I want a persomcom, you know from chobits!!!

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I had absolutely no idea what you were talking about, but Google has enlightened me. I now want one too.

  8. aorshahar
    May 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I would give my soul for one of the planes from oblivion, those were sexy

  9. Michelle T
    May 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    J.A.R.V.I.S. because he knows what I need before I do. He can simulate my designs. Sift through all my files faster than I can to find just the right one. He can even turn of the coffee pot if I forget.
    But he still can't carry out the trash. You need Pepper for that.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Are you a flawed genius like Tony Stark though?

  10. Elgarak
    May 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm


    Or a TARDIS. But a holodeck would be nicer.

    If this doesn't qualify as a gadget, then it would be a direct brain-computer interface that would put me into the Matrix.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      How about a TARDIS with a Holodeck on board?!

  11. Robert Martin
    May 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    A DIGITAL TIME MACHINE, of course. It would be user wearable with an interface similar to Google Glass except that instructions from the user to the device would be transmitted telepathically. To avoid changing the past (as this could very well change the future) the device would be "read only", the searchable time frame would be restricted to a time of "seek date < today's date" (I don't wish to know the future), and the user would not be visible or audible to those in the past. To search the past for a particular event, one would simply think of the desired search terms (e.g., dates, places, events, names, etc.) and then scroll through the resulting "hits" to find the desired event. Each hit would include a brief "thumbnail video" to assist the user in zeroing in on the targeted event. "Tagging" individuals of interest would allow the user to follow them in "live mode" or have their activities recorded, thus allowing the user to view their activities at the user's leisure, much like a DPR (Digital Past Recorder). This is the type of device for which I would sell my soul.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      A read-only time machine is a stroke of genius. You've thought about this a little too long and hard, haven't you ;)

  12. Cid Sinclair
    May 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    A reasonably priced Apple product would be nice..... ;)

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Now you're just being ridiculous... these are fictional gadgets, not impossible gadgets.

  13. Xoandre
    May 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Throughout my life, there have only been 3 possible gadgets I would sell my soul for:

    1. A Stop-Watch.
    This would be a watch which could pause time for everyone but the person holding the watch itself. With this device, the possibilities are endless. My mind reaches toward achieving goals and doing things which would solve so many of the world's problems, as well as a few nefarious, self-indulgent things I would do (that I will never speak of aloud or in print).

    2. A Quantum Leap Teleporter
    I have always fantasized about traveling back into the past to make right things that once went wrong. The best example of this is the very first Butterfly Effect film, as well as Quantum Leap. Jumping back into my younger self to redo things, tell the girls I loved that I loved them (instead of quietly hiding my feelings for fear of rejection), and changing my ow present for a better future... But what would the consequences be?

    3. An actual WORKING Time-Machine
    If I were able to Marty McFly back to an earlier era, I would bring with me medicines that did not exist back then and a universal power adapter with a solar generator so that I would have an endless power supply for whatever gadgets I would have with me. I cold visit great events, watch history unfold first hand, and - having watched so many time travel films - NOT make the mistakes so many time travelers make when they go back.

    Ultimately, being an Atheist and a rational humanist, I do not actually believe in "the soul" so all of this is pretty much moot.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      You may be taking the soul thing too literally there :)

      They're all great choices. I so wish time travel was possible but I don't think we'll ever have the capacity to do it. If humanity had, at any time in our future, then surely we would have seen time travellers by now.

  14. Christopher W
    May 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    The thing that implanted knowlege and skills in a mind that was seen in The Matrix. No, I don't want to learn Drunken Boxing. I want to learn programming.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      But you need to kick ass in order to beat the agents!

  15. On W
    May 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

    The portable Iron Man suit

  16. dragonmouth
    May 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

    An Arisian Lens or a spindizzy.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I had to Google both of them. Good choices though!

  17. Vivek S
    May 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

    A lightsaber. Definitely a lightsaber. Nothing as fascinating as a lightsaber. It would be well worth my Soul.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      When I was a kid I dreamed of owning a lightsaber. George Lucas killed that for me.

  18. Dave L
    May 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Aegis of Immortality

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      I had to Google that... I should have guessed it was Dota 2 baloney!

  19. Lee M
    May 29, 2014 at 5:57 am

    A Palantir. One of the seeing stones from Numenor.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Are you powerful enough to handle a Palantir?

  20. Pratik Narain
    May 29, 2014 at 4:33 am

    A wand (holly and phoenix feather) with a letter to hogwarts.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      But you're a muggle!

  21. Gadgetboy
    May 29, 2014 at 3:30 am

    No more rush hours OR being late ever again.
    There's always enough room for a party - or a way to find one if needed - and she is after all, such a nice lady (even if a little muddled in her tenses....) .

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      But could you handle the vagaries of time travel? I couldn't.

  22. Rajaa C
    May 29, 2014 at 2:18 am

    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? :)

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      My girlfriend would fight you for Bumblebee. She loves that thing more than she loves me. True story!

  23. eckyeckypikang
    May 29, 2014 at 2:15 am

    There is only one possible answer... And it is not as clumsy or random as a blaster.

  24. T
    May 29, 2014 at 1:46 am

    A Star Trek Replicator

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      And what would be the first thing you'd replicate?

    • T
      May 31, 2014 at 5:24 am

      Well if we were talking about wishes from a genie I'd ask for more wishes, so since its replicators I'd replicate more replicators. Enough for all my friends and family.

    • Dave P
      June 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      That's the best answer ever lol.

  25. Hildy J
    May 29, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Sleeper's Orgazmatron. No contest.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      That's an... interesting choice to say the least!

  26. Corey
    May 29, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I would love a Tricorder. And a Phaser. ...and the Enterprise. E.

    • Dave P
      May 30, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Yes, yes, and YES!

  27. CJ
    May 29, 2014 at 12:40 am

    An Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device!

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