Category: retrofuture

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The Retrofuture was pretty much videophoning i…

The Retrofuture was pretty much videophoning it in by the late 70s/early 80s. The ambitious, if admittedly overly-optimistic, visions of the early to mid-20th century had been scaled back quite a bit. Asimov’s robots? Robby from “Forbidden Planet”? Rosie from “The Jetsons”? Well, how about a domesticated automobile factory robot arm to hand you your breakfast cereal or bring you a glass of water?

danismm:

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Your home in the future

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Sorry, FoldiMate, but your attempt to bring a …

Sorry, FoldiMate, but your attempt to bring a little Retrofuture roboticism into the real world needs a bit more R&D.

Clothes washers and dryers work not just because they take the drudgery out of these tasks but because they greatly collapse the time required, too. FoldiMate doesn’t look to be a lot faster than manual folding.

Also, those shirts look like they’ve been fully buttoned up and pressed. That’s not what real laundry is like.

What people want is a machine that takes a laundry basket full of random and jumbled clothes and towels and folds and stacks them without any additional human intervention. Even if such a machine took quite a bit longer to do this than a person would, that wouldn’t necessarily be a deal killer. My dish washer might take longer to do a load of dishes that I would but the point is I didn’t have to do it.

And the nearly $1000 price tag for FoldiMate doesn’t help either.

danismm: “Good old future” by Tobias Stierli …

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“Good old future” by Tobias Stierli

Meanwhile, in the world I wish I lived in…

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danismm: ‘Optimistic’ Predictions From 1950 T…

danismm:

‘Optimistic’ Predictions From 1950 That Warned Of The Coming Dystopia

Okay, Retrofuture, you nailed this one. Now get back to the lab and get that flying car ready for mass production.

danismm: This 1935 Car of the Future Had Huge…

danismm:

This 1935 Car of the Future Had Huge Spheres Instead of Wheels