[image credit: Mark Bennett, Home of The Jetsons]
It’s very easy to look back at sci-fi of decades past and ask “Where’s my flying car?” LIFE magazine takes a look at the gadgets featured in “The Jetsons” and notes which ones have become reality since the series first aired in 1962.
A few are a stretch, I think; jet packs and air cars are hardly mainstream, though many of us may be surprised that they exist in any form at all. Saying the Roomba is a robot maid is also a bit of a reach, unless there’s a model in the works that can do windows (in which case sign me up for the beta). But it’s true that videoconferencing, moving walkways and 3-D entertainment are now taken for granted and sometimes even groused about.
LIFE’s slide show is a good reminder that significant technological change doesn’t all happen at once with great fanfare - it proceeds step by step, one clever idea at a time, and before we know it we living every day with gadgets and tools that used to be only a ridiculous fantasy.
Fun Fact: the artwork above is part of the Microsoft Art collection
The flying car is nearly with us but hardly mainstream. Check out my post yesterday on my Forbes Aviator column about the Terrafugia Transition, an actual flying car: blogs.forbes.com/.../is-the-flying-car-finally-ready-for-take-off
ha ha...nice one Matthew, hadn't spotted that :)