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Pop Culture's Contributions To Technology Focus Of New Exhibition On South Coast

R2D2 from Star Wars and a T-800 endoskeleton from "The Terminator" are among the highlights of the new "Interactive" exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Technology like smart phones, personal computers, and streaming video is part of our everyday lives. But, in the 1980’s, we were using answering machines, word processors, and getting videos from Blockbuster.

A new 10,000 square foot museum exhibition which just opened in Ventura County looks at how pop culture has inspired, and advanced our technology.

It features everything from hoverboards used in the "Back To The Future" movies and the devices used by ET to "phone home," to what's being called the world's first car entirely made with a 3-D printer

"Interactive: The Exhibit" features a number of iconic pop culture items from the 50's, 60's, and 70's ranging from books to models of the Disneyland Monorail and the "Lost In Space" TV series robot.

There's a jet pack from the Disney movie "The Rocketeer" and R2D2 from "Star Wars." 

The idea is that while the technology in many pop culture visions of the future didn't actually exist at the time, they inspired researchers to think outside of the box to create some of the things we have today.

"Interactive" runs through mid-April at the Reagan Library, and is free with museum admission.

Some of the virtual reality experiences connected to the exhibition have an additional charge.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.