The Jetsons, an original cartoon first produced and aired in the 60s, and then again in the 80s, was the futuristic depiction of a family who relied heavily on the many technological advancements of time and development. Everything from the family’s household robot, Rosie, to George Jetson’s flying saucer look-alike aerocar, is a resemblance of the imagined Space-Age. While the cartoon may be cleverly far-fetched, however, there are also some very similar pieces that truly exist in our modern-day millennium.
Despite a one-hour work day twice a week, it is standard for individuals to complain about difficulties and hard labor. The Jetsons (and most families living in Orbit City) are laden with gadgets and advancements that keep work to a minimal, yet there is little acknowledgement of this. Sound familiar? Gone are the days of assembly lines and manual distribution. We get upset with the voice on a navigation, rather than appreciative of the ability to get from Point A to Point B without a map. We despise tech support, trouble shooters and customer relations, oftentimes skimming over the very products that keep our lives succinct and efficient in the first place.
Young children are the voice and reason behind many family issues. Elroy Jetson, the youngest in the Jetson family at 6 years old, is incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable. He studies astrophysics, history and geometry - subjects that were reserved for older and more age-developed brains in the past. Today we look toward our youngest generation to teach us and lead the innovative world, especially when it comes to technology and new discoveries.
R.U.D.I. - a man’s best friend is his computer. George Jetson’s computer, R.U.D.I (Referential Universal Differential Indexer), is his confidant, companion and is full of personality. Ironically, today’s population has a general drive toward computers and smart devices and away from human interaction. We find solace in the palm of our hand and on the screen on our desks.
The battle amongst powerful enterprises leaves everyone in competition. Perhaps a novel commentary on life in the Space Age, The Jetsons depicts George Jetson’s company, Spacely Space Sprockets, as a successful business constantly up against their leading competitor, Cogswell Cogs. Stolen ideas backfire, technique adjustments go overboard and the two heads of the company are characterized as angry, egotistical bosses hungry for quick and easy money. Sound familiar?
Technology is the saving grace. Rosie, the Jetsons’ robot, can help find missing items, tidy the house and provide a sense of being safe and sound. Similarly, TrackR provides the same relief today. While the size and weight are clearly much less than that of Rosie’s build up, the technology of TrackR Bravo is responsible for solving those pesky issues (like losing your keys) that otherwise are time-consuming nuisances.