Category: retrofuturism

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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:

danismm:

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 …

danismm:

“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.