Every day, our reality edges closer to that of Doraemon’s world. All of Doraemon’s futuristic gadgets are quickly becoming reality, because they’re from the future – which is now. We saw how the Take-Copter, Invisibility Cape, and Jelly Translator are now physically possible. Here are five more of Doraemon’s gadgets which you have become part of our everyday life (or soon will be).

 

1. Anywhere Door

Doraemon’s version: The Anywhere Door is basically a teleportation device that allows the user to go anywhere he or she wants, subject to the memory limitations of the door. It looks like a plain pink door that you could find on a plain pink house.

The real thing: Augmented Reality, also known as AR. AR uses technology to superimpose images over the real world, allowing you to see a fantasy world through your device. Pokemon Go is the perhaps the most famous use of AR so far.

And just this year, they actually built an Anywhere Door in Tokyo and used AR to let visitors go to wondrous places just by stepping through that pink portal! The Anywhere Door is actually here on Earth, and we’re not even in 2112 (the year when Doraemon is supposed to come from).

 

2. What-If Phone Booth

What-If Phone Booth. Credit: Angie Chong's Facebook Profile

What-If Phone Booth. Credit: Angie Chong’s Facebook Profile

Doraemon’s version: Step into the phone booth, pick up the phone and say “What if [something]”, and when you put down the phone and step out, reality will have changed to suit your hypothetical question. You could basically alter reality with the What-If Phone Booth, making it even more powerful than Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet!

The real thing: Playstation VR. It’s a virtual reality headset that allows you to experience Playstation 4 games in VR! Currently there are more than 200 games that are in development or have been released for the Playstation VR. So instead of picking up the phone, all you need to do is choose the reality you want to live in, pop in that disc and put on the Playstation VR headset. There’s even a Final Fantasy XV game being developed for it!

 

3. Imprinting Egg

Imprinting Egg. Credit: Doraemon Wiki

Imprinting Egg. Credit: Doraemon Wiki

Doraemon’s version: The Imprinting Egg is a lot larger than it looks – it can fit an entire person inside. Put someone inside for 15 minutes, and they’ll fall in love with the first person they see. It’s like a giant Pokeball crossed with a love potion.

The real thing: Although it’s funny for an anime series, the Imprinting Egg is a rather creepy device when you stop to think about it – you can basically make anyone fall in love with you. In real life, the Imprinting Egg isn’t so much a device as it is a set of 36 questions that are designed to make anyone fall in love with you.

The idea is that two strangers will fall in love if they both share the answer to a list of 36 questions with each other. The questions start innocuously enough with entries like “Would you like to be famous?” but towards the end, you get questions like “Tell your partner something that you like about them already”.

It’s much better than being stuck in a claustrophobic egg for 15 minutes though.

 

4. Instant Tree

Instant Tree. Credit: Doraemon Wiki

Instant Tree. Credit: Doraemon Wiki

Doraemon’s version: This is like the cup noodle version of a tree. You pour hot water into the soil, and a Christmas tree grows out of it. Perfect for those times when you weren’t fast enough to beat all the other tai-tais at Far East Flora to getting those airflown Christmas trees.

Real life version: A pull-up Christmas tree. All you need to do is set up the stand, and you literally just pull the tree up. Voila! Instant Christmas tree. It’s a lot easier to set up than those other DIY Christmas trees where you have to painstakingly fit in each branch to assemble it. The best part: Convenient storage!

Plus, hot water is not needed.

 

5. Underwater Campfire

Underwater campfire. Credit: Doraemon Wiki

Underwater campfire. Credit: Doraemon Wiki

Doraemon’s version: It’s a campfire that works underwater. Of course, you’d need some means of breathing underwater as well, but having the sea floor all lit up as you explore it would be great! It would also scare away the underwater horrors that lurk in the dark depths of our oceans.

Real life version: Thermite. It’s made of equal parts rust and aluminium powder, and you need a magnesium strip to light it, but once it’s on fire, it stays on fire – even underwater! As you can see from the video below (starting at 3:59), thermite burns with a vengeance once lit, meaning you could use it for a campfire underwater.

 

Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you want to see more of Doraemon’s gadgets, check out Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi! The film sees Doraemon and gang at the Antarctic, where they find a mysterious ring and an equally mysterious girl who is connected to the ring. While we’re pretty sure this isn’t the One Ring and Sauron isn’t involved, this doesn’t mean that the the ring doesn’t spell danger for Doraemon and his friends!

Catch Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi to see Doraemon in action!

 

Credits: Angie Chong’s Facebook Profile, Doraemon Wiki, Golden Village Cinemas