The invention of the submarine was inspired from the Jules Verne’s “Twenty thousand leagues under the sea.” Simon Lake, an American inventor, known as the father of modern submarine was fascinated by the undersea travel and exploration ever since he read this book in 1870 and thus submarines were invented by him. Lake also invented ballasts, periscope and drivers compartment. Lake’s company had also built the first submarine in 1898 that had successfully operated in open sea named “the Argonaut.”
The invention of a helicopter is also inspired by the science fiction. A French author named nautilus had also envisioned about the future of flying. Igor Sikorsky known as the father of modern helicopter got the idea for this innovation from the book “clipper of the clouds” penned by Verne when he was a young boy. A quote by Jules Verne saying anything imagined by one man can be made real by another man” had kept the dreams of Sikorsky very high.
The first liquid –fueled rocket was built by Robert Goddard, an American Scientist .he launched it successfully on 16 March 1926. The idea behind the invention by Mr. Robert was due to the fascination with spaceflights developed by him after reading a newspaper serialization of a classic novel by H.G Wells which was about Martian Invasion, called War of Worlds. What captivated Goddard mind was the interplanetary flight that tremendously affected his imagination?
- Atomic Power
When H.G.Wells wrote about the emergence of a peaceful government after the devastating effects of a world war, the people got inspiration from it and developed nuclear fission bombs which led to a development of atomic power by countries. The bombardment of Hiroshima and Nagasaki topped the list when the USA dropped two atomic bombs on each city.
- Combat Information Centre
CIC is inspired from sci-fi movies which enable a warship to track the near about ships and any incoming hostile missiles or to track any activities happening which help the warships to know threats from the former ships. The CIC is an important part of the warships nowadays.
- The Waldo
Waldo is a mechanically operated long hand which can be remotely handled by a person. It is inspired by the 1942 short story by Waldo F. Jones. In 1940, when the device was made, the makers named it after him and called him Waldo.
The first cellphone design by Motorola was inspired from Star Trek movies. The designer said that the design for the phone is from the cell phone that was used in Star Trek which led to the development of it and was the basis for the future smartphones.
Taser is nothing but a rifle which uses electricity. It is inspired by Tom Swift sci-fi novels. He was an inventor and decided to make one. Unless it was made in reality, it was just a sci-fi thing. TASER is an abbreviation for Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle.
The idea for this software came to Apple’s scientist who got the idea of listening to multiple tracks on the same computer. The idea came when he was watching one of the Star Trek movies and was impressed when he saw this. The software was later developed by Apple Computers’.
- Second Life
Second Life in nothing but having different avatars once you are in a virtual world. It just creates a different character of you once you enter into a virtual world. In the 1992 novel, Neal described for a virtual world where people interact with one another but by being a different individual and not the same person.