I know this is about a month old, but I only found it just now and the subject matter is really rather timeless. In January, the Technologizer had a great article looking at 15 inventions or ideas, mostly media-related, that were decades ahead of their time.
The title of the piece, “Mr. Edison’s Kindle,” refers to Edison’s 1911 idea that books might one day be printed on hyper-thin, extremely durable sheets of nickel rather than paper. Today, of course, we have e-books that weigh even less per page.
Other ideas include the 1928 “Telenewspaper and Electric Writer” and the 1938 “Talking Newspapers” from Popular Mechanics, sending newspapers in black and white or even color by radio fax, and storing vast libraries on micro-miniaturized microfiche.
The crazy thing is that every one of these inventions has counterparts today, many of which are very popular and widely used. It makes me wonder what ridiculous, unwieldy inventions of today might become tomorrow’s everyday gadget.