Another film sighting
Posted Feb 26, 2009 10:37 UTC (Thu) by eru
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That reminded me: Right near the begining the Wim Wenders film "Until the End of the World", we see the main character using an in-car computer that works much like a TomTom, except a bit smarter as it warns about a traffic jam ahead on its own. This sci-fi film was released in 1991, the events are supposed to happen in 1999-2000.
From a gadget point of view this film is very interesting in other ways as well. The makers obviously tried very hard to predict what technology would realistically be common 10 years in the future, enlisting help from tech companies (Sony figures prominently in many gadgets). Some things they got tight, like very small video cameras and the afore-mentioned car navigator (although that was not yet very common in 1999), but curiously there are no mobile phones, the characters make calls from video-equipped phone booths instead. And no Internet.
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