It was really a sad, sad day for sci-fi fans around the world…okok, for me, at least..:-P, when FOX decided to pull the plug off sci-fi TV series Almost Human after its first season. Premiering in late November 2013, Almost Human ran its course till around march this year.
Briefly, it was a buddy-cop series set in 2048, where advanced crime has resulted in every human cop pairing up with an android cop. In Almost Human, Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban) was paired up with an older DRN android model named Dorian (Michael Ealy). Personally, I felt the show was very refreshing and owed a lot to the infectious chemistry of the bromance, or ‘ro-bromance’, rather, of the two leads. Week in, week out the show delivered well-scripted procedural shows. Unfortunately, I suppose other factors also crept in which eventually got the show cancelled.
Anyway, I thought one good way of remembering Almost Human was to recall some of the more memorable technology gadgets shown during the series’ run. What’s cooler is that since the show was set in 2048, which isn’t too far off, MOST of these gadgets can easily be a reality in the not too distant future!
Here’s my pick of 15 of ’em:
1. Virtual Post-Its: Forget those yellow pieces of paper cluttering your office cubicle. Get the idea typed out and simply ‘fling’ it as a virtual post-it on your own house wall! Cool, eh?
2. Sphere Bomb Containment Unit: This round little gadget creates a ball of sphere around the bomb threat so that the explosion is contained within the sphere and saves more lives to those outside the sphere.
3. DNA Bomb: Committed a crime with evidences, DNA, etc. littered all over the crime scene? Set off one of these gizmos and it will ‘purify’ the crime scene of any DNA.
4. Flash Spray Mask: Spraying this substance on your face will make your face unrecognizable by video cameras.
5. Holographic Face Mask: Gone are the rubber or latex face masks. These holographic face masks can even mask your voices!
6. Hologram Usage: Need a quick medical advice? Make a holographic house call! How do we get a trial witness under protective custody to come to court? Beam the hologram into court!
7. Personalised Ads: Imagine billboards scanning the viewer and automatically displays personalised ads just for you!
8. Meal Dispenser Machines: Vending machines that dispenses meals and food tablets after personalisation
9. Animatric Toys: Being a kid would be great! You’d have toys that could animate themselves with a touch of the finger!
10. Electronic Paper: Reports, presentations, documents, etc…all packaged in a handy e-paper tablet like thingy.
11. Virtual Golf: Transform your home into the ultimate golfing gaming course with a virtual and immersive interface
12. Efficient Cremation: Machines will be built where it can process the entire cremation of a body within seconds!
13. Palm Phone: Virtualization of your mobile phone on the palm of your hands
14. Smarthome Security System: Voice activated, artificial intelligent home security system
15. Robotic Cockroaches: Surveillance Robotic bugs with chips and cameras used in police operations
Did you have personal favourite tech on Almost Human?