The television realm has been littered with fictional inventions that we would love to see in the real world, so let’s look at some of the best and celebrate their ingenuity and brilliance in becoming important components of the the shows we know and love.
10. Transporter – Star Trek
While phasers would certainly be something a select number of people would love to see, we can’t help but think that travel is a much more important aspect of everyday life that could certainly be up for improvement.
Handily, the Star Trek crew have the perfect invention that solves all those problems – their Transporter. Ensuring that Scotty has a mention in one of the most iconic television quotes of all time, and making it that much easier to jump from transport to planet in seconds, this is a contraption the real world desires.
9. Ray Palmer’s Atom Suit – Arrow
Part of Palmer’s endearing character comes in the form of the suit he designs, soon becoming a hero himself in the Atom. Very much a varied version of Marvel’s own Iron Man suit, this is a piece of technological genius that can turn its inhabitant to a minimal size, allows flight and fires all sorts of incredible weaponry.
With Christmas approaching would it be a little optimistic to hope someone could make one of these in real life?
8. KITT – Knight Rider
Here is an iconic television car that is still just as appealing as it was in the days where it used to aid Michael in his everyday challenges. The Pontiac Trans Am that was nicely abbreviated from its original title of ‘Knight Industries Two Thousand’ featured not only a talking AI, but also a ridiculous amount of gadgets that would make even James Bond blush.
As far as cars go, this is one from the small screen that we would want to be finally created in all its glory in real life.
7. The TARDIS – Doctor Who
With its trademark look, the universally recognised sound of its arrival, and its incredible spanning nature when inside the Time Lord technology, there are few ways to travel like this machine of science fiction lore.
Having helped along no less than twelve Doctors through the decades, the TARDIS has become an invaluable part of a television show that has spanned the ages. Defining what a sci-fi show should feature, Doctor Who wouldn’t be the same without it.
6. Stargate – Stargate: SG1
A figure of pure unadulterated imagination and wonder, the doorway to another world stands like a behemoth of the small screen, inscribed in ancient language and glowing with its rippled water-like opening to realms unknown.
This is an invention that contains wonders, danger and so much more, and one that we’d love to walk through and discover ourselves.
5. Enchanted Hammer – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
One such weapon was Olaf the Troll God’s Enchanted Hammer. A hammer that was very similar to that of Marvel hero Thor’s, this was a weapon only wielded by those deemed worthy, meaning that Buffy herself could make great use of it, but poor Spike was left reeling.
A version of the hammer has in fact been trading over Ebay on more than one occasion but it’s fair to say that one doesn’t feature magical powers whatsoever…
4. Lola – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette boasting guns, a flamethrower and the power of flight (albeit sometimes problematic) this is a car that would not only turn heads but also prove mighty efficient in the defensive stakes.
We imagine there are a few replicas of the classic car out there, but none that would match the sheer audacity of Lola. As Coulson says, “Lola’s not just a collectible, you know. People tend to confuse the words new and improved.” We couldn’t agree more…
3. Quantum Leap Accelerator – Quantum Leap
That very power was granted to the Doctor in television’s Quantum Leap via the Quantum Leap Accelerator, aided by trusty sidekick Al. Admittedly, the first attempts at using such a machine may have gone a little awry but just imagine if this was possible in real-life.
The chance to rewrite history, relive those moments cemented through the centuries; it could either be a gift or a curse, but one you’d certainly have to be VERY careful with!
2. Number Six – Battlestar Galactica
While we’re not suggesting we’d love the Cylons to suddenly be created and make their presence felt, it would certainly be of great excitement to see an actual working AI in all its glory finally be presented in the real world.
1. The U.S.S. Enterprise – Star Trek
Putting that in mind, one can only imagine the reaction should we ever reach a day where such a craft is created and utilised in space travel. With its expansive corridors, supreme Bridge section for the main crew and its ability to enter warp speed, this would essentially be the ultimate in space travel.