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And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
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AM/PM Session - 17 January 2017 - Hoverboards becoming real

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 856 Teacher
We read an article about how hoverboards are moving from the movie world into real life:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161227-how-the-hoverboard-went-from-fiction-to-fact

Watch this video to see the mini hoverboard in action (skip to the 3 minute mark if you don´t want to hear all the explanations about how it works!)



Vocabulary Top 3:

career - (verb) to go forward quickly without control

superconductor - a material or object that allows electricity to flow through it easily at very low temperatures

hisses - to produce a sound like a long “s” : to make a hiss


What new technology or gadgets have you heard about recently?
What technology do you remember seeing in a movie which really exists now?
Is there anything you have seen in a movie which you wish was real?

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  • MonikMonik Posts: 1,002 ✭✭✭✭
    @NatashaT Wow.. I think that we have seen a lot of interesting futuristic gadgets in the movies. For instance, Star Wars is one of those movies. They created a whole picture of the future based on a technological world. Afterwards many other film makers have depicted this idea from different perpectives. But in the end, most of them have pointed out the same things, like flying cars, teletransportation portals, holographic projections, artificial intelligence AI, human sharing with robots, chatbots and so on.

    As matter as fact, comunnications in general are the most important achivement in the last few decades. Internet has changed our world and the way we interact with others. Taking from here, the IOT (Internet of Things), will lead us faster and easily to that picture of the future :)

    Here is a video of a flying car. This is one of the companies working on this technology. Notice that this "car" still has flaps and ailerons ;)


  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,882 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2017
    Dream movie inventions:

    The translation collar in 'Up': No border anymore?


    The elecromagnetic shrink ray in 'Honey, I shrunk the kids.':
    Do you want to live in a doll's house and swim in a pool of milk? You know, just like Cleopatra did before.


    Phone Booth in Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure: Phone booth is hard to be found these days though.


    Rebreather in Thunderball: Would you like to be a mermaid?


    Stargate in Stargate: Let't go to Mars or just shopping mall.


    POV Gun in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy: Who would you want to shoot next?
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,882 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2017
    I thought that translation collar didn't exist, but I suddenly realized that I saw something similar on TV.
    Furthermore, it's not only available in Japanese, but also in English. (a little different though)

    Check this: http://www.dogdecoder.com/ and https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dog-translator-free!/id351995731?mt=8
    It seems to make sense. :smiley:




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