UPDATE: As some of you must have already guessed, this Proton Pack isn't really being made, and was just an April Fool's gag from Sony that we agreed to play along with. For now, as excited as we are about the Ghostbusters reboot, the proton packs - like lightsabers - remain firmly as fiction. Let us know via the comments if you were fooled, even a little bit.
Sony has announced that it is launching a "real" Proton Pack based on the ones we've seen in the Ghostbusters movies. The idea is a little over the top, but it's not the only example we've seen of technology from movies making it to the real world in recent times. There are a bunch of things from Back to the Future that are now real, including 3D-printed food, video conferencing from your television, and even self-lacing shoes.
Of course, there's a lot of other tech that seemed to exist only in science fiction that's now becoming a reality: think of Google's driverless cars, or cheap virtual reality headsets, to Star Trek inspired smartphones and tablets. We've got robots cleaning our houses, while scientists work on invisibility cloaks, and just about the only thing missing right now are real hoverboards.
Does that mean that Sony's Proton Packs are legit? Well, probably not, because that would mean that Sony's known about the existence of ghosts for years and said nothing about it, but even if the Proton Pack is just a really cool toy that looks and fires like the ones in the movies do, it's definitely worth getting.
Here's what Sony's saying about the Proton Pack:
The Proton Pack is equipped with a state-of-the-art, miniaturized superconducting synchrotron, which accelerates injected protons from a hydrogen plasma cell. Superconducting temperatures are maintained by a liquid helium reservoir, and an active cryocooler ensures that operational time vastly exceeds that available from a cryogen dewar alone. Adaptive beam-steering technology guides the proton beam to an ergonomic wand, which doubles as a beam-halo tuning cavity to provide maximum down-range accuracy. The backpack form factor allows built-in psychokinetic grounding to the user's spinal column, eliminating spectral noise feedback loops.
In development for over 30 years, the Proton Pack benefits from the newest innovations from Sony Corporation's acclaimed products. Weighing 6.66 kilograms/14.68 pounds, the Proton Pack incorporates the same STAMINA Mode featured in Sony Mobile Communications' latest Xperia smartphones, allowing its user to keep the battery going longer. The Proton Pack integrates the same super slow motion capture capability as Sony's Cyber-shot RX series premium compact cameras, allowing users to capture the matter in 960 frames-per-second high frame rates and accurately record the movement of its target. Its embedded Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector allows users to view captured matter in real time. Near Field Communications technology will make it possible to connect the Proton Pack wirelessly to other Sony products such as BRAVIA televisions and Xperia smartphones to view, forward, and share entities, redefining the terms image capture and screen grab. The Proton Pack is water and slime-proof.
That is a lot of jargon, but the idea that this is some kind of projector system that will allow you to put on a killer sound and light show, powered using battery tech adapted from smartphones actually does sound like it makes sense, so the only thing missing now is for Sony to name a price and a date for these Proton Packs.