Upon reflection i.e. trying to think of something for another post, maybe my earlier idea of only writing about things that are surprisingly close might be a bit limited. There is also other futuristic stuff that is too interesting to miss. For example, this video at YouTube from Cebit 2008 showing a “Minority Report” style pointscreen.
For me, it’s not really an example of a “surprisingly here” futuristic item because even as I watched The Minority Report when it first came out, I couldn’t help thinking that this kind of user interface couldn’t be too far away. Though I expected perhaps virtual reality type gloves rather than pointscreens, and indeed I kind of wanted it to go that way just because I liked the idea of getting “driving gloves” for my computer.
Still, it’s pretty cool and certainly would have been science fiction in my childhood.