Relax, switch on your robotic vacuum cleaner, pop a delicious food pill and please enjoy my guest blog .
As a collector of vintage oddities, a genre that always tickles me is retro-futurism. That being the gadgets and lifestyle forward thinkers in the 1950’s saw for us modern women in the 2000’s and beyond.
Many predictions were spookily accurate, for example shopping via television, and video phones. Others like flying cars and the silvery foil fashion were a bit off the mark.
Here are my top 3 mid-century gadget predictions…
The Robot Butler
Back in the fifties the idea that housework could be completely banished by enslaving a Jetson’s style android housemaid, seemed like something only a decade or so away. The reality less sci-fi, but we do have dishwashers, washing machines and even Roomba robot-hoovers available, unlike our great-grandmothers.
As man looked to the skies in the 1960s, the inventions necessary for space travel caught the imagination of many Earth-grounded dreamers. Food pills, much like the meal-in-a-gum in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory became a favourite.
This was a prediction that had stayed strictly astronautical come the turn of the millennium. The only taste us regular folks would get of this very high-flying lifestyle would be novelty bags of freeze-dried Space Strawberries, or a not so delicious portion of Moon Cheeze.
Even now some people just won’t let it go with talk of food replacement patches for soldiers .
Every kid’s dream, and most adults too if they’d admit it. By now we should all be zooming off to work with our jetpacks strapped to our backs, right? Unfortunately the technology never ‘took-off’, (sorry), with prototypes being very tricky to manoeuvre. As funding dried up, this invention was placed back on the shelf.
Thanks to guest blogger Claire Smyth of www.theworldofkitsch.com