In 1989, a book called Future Stuff predicted consumer productions that "should be in your supermarket, hardware store, pharmacy, department store, or otherwise available by the year 2000." They were pretty bad predictions.
I had this book, and its 1991 sequel, More Future Stuff. Though it's true too many of these items were pipe dreams or otherwise completely commercially-unviable (who thought anyone wanted a TV that would dance, follow them and lean into the action?), some have indeed come to market, such as the pool treadmill, which actually shows up in the movie Gattaca.
posted by License Farm at 12:06 PM on December 28, 2007
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