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We’ve compiled some of the coolest gadgets and futuristic technologies from books which we wish we had!

The Sonic Screwdriver

From Dr Who

The sonic screwdriver is a handy and portable device that can open almost any lock! This incredible gadget is perhaps one of the most useful tools from the Doctor Who series: it not only unlocks padlocks and digital keypads, but can also repair and reprogram equipment! We could definitely make use of this invention in real-life. 

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Infinite Improbability Drive

From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Infinite Improbability Drive can take you through the universe at lightning speed! The Drive can facilitate interstellar travel, and instantaneously transport a body anywhere without passing through the intervening space. Could this be the future of transport? We can’t wait to find out!

Iron Man’s Suit

From The Invincible Iron Man  

Do you dream of flying across the sky like Tony Stark? Stark’s invention, the Iron Man suit, is a high-tech armour capable of launching a person through the air at breakneck speed! The jet-powered flight suit contains a complex communication and radar system that would definitely be handy to step out in.

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Invisibility

From The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

This story follows a devoted scientist who invents a way to change the body's refractive index to that of air, so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light, and thus becomes invisible. How great would it be to become invisible when you felt like it? We definitely wish this one was real.  

Droids

From Star Wars by George Lucas

Okay, it’s not technically literature but… in Star Wars, droids are robots that take care of crucial tasks and are programmed to act as personal assistants, technicians, doctors and more! Wouldn’t it be great to have your own customized droid that’s designed to assist you every day?

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