It's crazy when the world of pop culture collides with real life happenstances, and I'm not just talking about Bill Nye being a part of Dancing with the Stars. There have been a few cases where pop culture has inspired real life inventions. For instance:
The US Army developing a realistic version of the Iron Man suit.
A mechanism that allows someone one to walk up walls Spider-man style.
Raytheon's XOS 2 exoskeleton that resembles Ripley's Power Loader from Aliens (despite them comparing it to another Iron Man suit).
This machine that produces oil from plastic much like the "I Can't Believe It's Not Oil 9000" from Jimmy Nuetron.
(Although still in development) the Triton compact underwater breathing apparatus from Thunderball (James Bond), Star Wars Episode I, Pokemon, etc.
Or this hoverboard developed by Lexus much like those from Back to the Future
These are just a few examples as the scientific advances that resemble the "fictional" technologies we have become familiar with. With that being said, here are a few more (realistic-ish) inventions I would love to see developed in the near future.
Gravity Machine - Dragon Ball Z
Anyone who watched Dragon Ball Z is familiar with the characters training in areas that have stronger gravity. King Kai's planet was 10x Earth's gravity, Goku trained at 100x on his way to Namek, Vegeta upped the ante and trained at 400x, etc. Now i understand that there is such a thing as physical limitations and even 5x our gravity could probably crush your kneecaps. However, it would still be pretty interesting to be in an environment where you can experience a change in gravity, maybe even just 1.5x the normal. Take it from someone who has worn weighted vests and ankle weights, you feel incredible once that weight is off. And yet, it's still not enough to get the DBZ pump every nerdy jock (yeah, we exist) would want. So in my mind, it would be the coolest thing to train like Goku under those harsh conditions and feel like a super-human!
Super-Soldier Serum - Captain America
Speaking of super-human, Captain America is arguably the perfect embodiment of that claim. Having been injected with the super-soldier serum, Steve Rogers exceeded "peak human" conditions: being faster and stronger than Olympic athletes by ten fold, having accelerated healing to the point that it counteracts muscle fatigue and granted extreme durability, and also stimulating the mind to be able to retain more information and process situations faster. Show me one person in the world who wouldn't want to have super-human capabilities, and you have found someone who makes poor decisions.
The Intersect 2.0 (w/ Governor) - Chuck
For those who are unfamiliar with this show, Chuck follows the story of an average Joe named Chuck Bartowski who accidentally gets a secret government program (The Intersect) uploaded into his brain. The Intersect contained all of the governments files: knowledge of terrorists, covert ops, aliases of agents, secret meeting places, classified weapons and testing facilities; everything and anything. All Chuck would have to do is hear or see a stimulus and he would "flash" to gain all the knowledge pertaining to the person or object in question.
The Intersect 2.0 not only gave someone all the files and secrets within the program, it also allowed someone to gain physical "flashes" that would allow him/her to perform new abilities he/she has never trained before. Free running, martial arts, marksmanship, guitar playing, dancing, languages, anything the ultimate spy would need. Imagine to possibilities when you are able to do or to know anything in an instant. Problems on your French test? Not anymore! Getting pushed around in a back alley? FLASH - problem solved! Want to woo a lovely individual at a club? Piece of cake! The Intersect - life's ultimate cheat code.
J.A.R.V.I.S. - Iron Man (film series)
Just A Rather Very Intelligent System, a.k.a. J.A.R.V.I.S., is probably the most versatile and useful invention. Yes, the original Jarvis was actually a butler and the movie version was stylized after H.O.M.E.R., but it would still be a great technological feat nonetheless. I can't remember how many times I wish I had a specific function on a program or device that should be simple but can't figure out how to complete it without googling a how-to. And every time this happens, my mind wanders to "wow.... J.A.R.V.I.S. could fix this...." I would love to be able to control the majority of my house via a voice command system, have my random thoughts and ideas hatched out in front of me and manipulate 3D holograms or computer programs at will. All that plus the witty banter that comes included, that's an amazing combination.
Technological advances are inevitable. Just think of all the improvements that have been made over the years: the internet, smart phones, GPS, electric cars, and so much more. Only time will tell what we will have to look forward to in the future.