Smartphones, voice-activated butlers and tablets have transcended science fiction and made their way into our homes, helping us control, manage and monitor our lives.

What’s more difficult to imagine? That the idea for the “phone watch” was dreamed up in the 1930s or that the scientists, engineers and big thinkers in technology sought inspiration for their life-changing inventions from comic strips, TV and sci-fi films? Here are 10 futuristic technologies, from movies and more, that have become reality (or near to it).

1.

Fantasy
1930s In the comic strip, Detective “Dick” Tracy speaks into a “wrist TV.”

Reality
1999 Samsung introduces the world’s first phone watch.

2.

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1962 The Jetsons have a robot maid and vacuum.

Reality
2002 iRobot launches the Roomba autonomous vacuum.

3.

Fantasy
1963 The TARDIS in Dr. Who has a universal translation system.

Reality
2014 Skype Translator is available as the first standalone app.

4.

Fantasy
1966 The transporter in Star Trek beams people to new locations in seconds.

Reality
2016 Hyperloop One started testing high-speed tube transportation for passengers in May.

5.

Fantasy 
1968 Astronauts surf “news pads” in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Reality
2010 Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab are the first commercially successful tablets.

6.

Fantasy
1984 A home computer controls the lights and door locks in Electric Dreams.

Reality
2014 Apple launches HomeKit; smart devices are voice-activated through Siri.

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1984 In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, crew talk on phone-like handheld communicators. 

Reality
1973 Motorola’s Martin Cooper pioneers the first handheld mobile phone.

8.

Fantasy
1986 In Pretty in Pink, Andie gets an instant message while using a computer in the school library.

Reality
1996 Mirabilis introduces ICQ, the first widely used text-based chat.

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1987 The cyborg in Robo Cop wears a futuristic helmet with a computer-to-brain interface. 

Reality
2013 Google introduces the Explorer Edition of Google Glass.

 

10.

Fantasy
1990 Driverless taxi cabs roam the streets in Total Recall.

Reality
2016 Google’s driverless car is in testing stages.