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Friday
Jun012007

Starfire (Part 1, 1994)



With the annoucement of Microsoft Surface it seems like a great time to reflect on similar technologies projected in 1994 for the year 2004. Part one of the Sun Microsystems video Starfire sets the scene with an unfortunate reference to Princess Diana and then gives us a glimpse of the user interface to come.

There are eight parts to this video, so stay tuned.

See also:
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (1993)
Apple's Knowledge Navigator (1987)
Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (1988)
1999 A.D. (1967)
Online Shopping (1967)

Thursday
May312007

1999 A.D. Intro (1967)

In the future, kids will be so dumb that they'll forget the year (and spooky music will swell on cue).


How does the computer know everything? I mean like how . . . I mean like, how many times to exercise and all?

You can find 1999 A.D. on the DVD Yesterday's Tomorrows Today, released by A/V Geeks.

 

See also:
1999 A.D. (1967)
Online Shopping (1967)
Monsanto House of the Future (1957-1967)

Friday
May252007

Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (1988)


Of all the paleo-futuristic concept videos we've looked at in the past four months, the future depicted in Grey Flannel Navigator may have been the most accurate. Granted, it's the safest but computer networking and ordering pizza through your computer was pretty visionary for 1988. The assumption that we need an image of a person as an interface seems to be where most of these videos fall down.

Below are all three parts of the 1988 Apple concept video Grey Flannel Navigator. Thanks again to Keith C. for the video.

Part 1

 

Part 2

 

Part 3

 

See also:
Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 1, 1988)
Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 2, 1988)
Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 3, 1988)
Apple's Knowledge Navigator (1987)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (1993)

Thursday
May242007

Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 3, 1988)

Thursday
May242007

Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 2, 1988)


Today we have part 2 of Apple's 1988 paleo-futuristic concept video, Grey Flannel Navigator. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion.

See also:
Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 1, 1988)
Apple's Knowledge Navigator (1987)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (1993)

Wednesday
May232007

Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (Part 1, 1988)


The video above is part 1 of Apple's futuristic concept video Grey Flannel Navigator. It was produced in 1988 and has a tone similar to other videos we've looked at by Apple and AT&T. There are three parts to this rarely seen video, so stay tuned. Many thanks to Keith C. for this great paleo-future find.

See also:
Apple's Knowledge Navigator (1987)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (1993)

Wednesday
May232007

The Answer Machine (1964)


Violet Gaze sent in these great images from the 1964/1971 book Childcraft Vol. 6 How Things Change. The paleo-future view of education was exceptionally accurate compared to a lot of other predictions. The homework machine envisioned in 1981 was big, but not altogether wrong.

My favorite element of this two-page spread is the fact that the girl has a hyper-futuristic "answer machine" and yet still uses a typewriter.

See also:
Homework in the Future (1981)
The Road Ahead: Future Classroom (1995)
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (Part 7, 1993)
Project 2000 - Apple Computer (1988)