This trope covers hexagons being used in designs to make things look more high tech.
There's something about hexagons which make them look inherently advanced. This makes sense, since they're inherently Awesome yet Practical
. They slot together like squares, but look more complicated despite being more efficent to build with (a given hexagon has the most area inside for the length of it's sides, hence the reason bees use hexagonal honeycombs for storage; beeswax doesn't grow on trees). Not to mention even the name hexagon sounds a little futuristic.
The hexagon's efficiency in nature might go some way to explaining the origin of this trope. Much like smooth sleek curves
and solid, practical looking blocks
, there are plenty of reasons to incorporate hexagons into real world scientific and engineering projects
. Most notably dome structures (since they're much easier to produce a curve with than squares), solar panels (which benefit from the aforementioned area-to-edge ratio) and hexagonal floor tiles
(which look cooler than boring old rectangles). In addition, many polymers, semiconductors and other advanced materials use carbon, which is naturally inclined to form hexagonal molecules due to the way it bonds (it's this structure that gives diamond and other carbon compounds their strength [[note]] graphite being the odd one out, since it's made up of covalently bonded "sheets" of such molecules which slide over one another [[/note]]).
Compare Everything Is an iPod in the Future
and Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future
. Contrast Zeerust (which this trope may well become when Science Marches On
). See also: The Aesthetics of Technology
. The Beehive Barrier
is a very common subtrope.
Anime and Manga
Films - Animated
- A recurring motif in Busou Renkin starting with the kakugane, an alchemic device transformed into a weapon by the human survival instinct, and which is shaped like a hexagon about four inches wide.
- Psyren: Shiner's Hexagonal Transfer System PSI, which carves out hexagonal pieces of pretty much anything and teleports them wherever he wants.
Films - Live action
- Chicken Little in Disney's adaptation is hit in the head by a high-tech hexagon that automatically adjusts to its surroundings to make itself invisible. The hexagon turns out to be a panel from the hull of an invisible alien spaceship.
- In Fantastic Voyage, the shrink ray room had hexagons all over the floor. The ship rose up on one of them once it got small enough, so that it could be shrunk one more time, and then readied for insertion into the guy's body.
- BIONICLE: In pretty much all the graphics of 2006, plus a large amount of the graphics from 2007 and 2008, there are hexagons in the background, most likely to give the images a high-tech feel.
- They even changed the shape of the Matoran alphabet characters from circles to hexagons. It does make you wonder, though, why they didn't use hexagons in 2004, when the futuristic city of Metru Nui was the main setting.
- Gogos has a Mega Metropolis series with a hexagonal shaped 'home' for each gogo.
- 'Hex Bugs' are intelligent nanobots about the size of a pen lid or marble. If the name didn't, the logo◊ says it all.
- In Doctor Who, the insides of the TARDIS walls often have a hexagonal pattern on them, and the TARDIS console is hexagonal.
- Crysis uses this trope excessively: all Crynet technology is covered with hexagons, be it the Nanosuit or the CELL guns; even the Crynet logo is made of 120° angles
- In Deus Ex: Human Revolution Alex has a hexagon imbedded in his forehead with a little logo in it.
- Fallout: New Vegas has an area in the futuristic Old World Blues DLC called the X-66 Hexcrete Archipelago, consisting of massive hexagonal structures made of concrete. Appropriately, they do nothing in the game other than look cool.
- In Fracture, Mariko has a high-tech suit with a hexagonal overlay on parts of it.
- The logo of Mass Effect's Cerberus has a hexagonal shape and uses some materials with hexagonal surface patterns.
- In Sons Of Liberty, hexagons are a recurring pattern throughout the story, but it gets really extreme once you enter the final "dungeon".The Big Shell's outer buildings were hexagonal, the shells themselves form a double hexagon, some of the textures on Raiden's stealth suit exude a hexagonal pattern, the skin of arsenal gear itself is covered with a hexagonal pattern. The game case design had a hexagonal pattern on the back of it, so did the original disc. Most official supplemental materials (strategy guides, concept art, making-of materials) had either subtle or blatant hexagonal themes. In fact, since Metal Gear Solid 2, hexagonal design has been a really big thing to them.
- In Persona 4, Rise's Persona Himiko is depicted as a woman with a satellite as a head, complete with hexagonal patterns.
- Solatorobo: the Futzu Tower, which contains a highly advanced AI, features a lot of hexagons.
- Two of the three Sonic Advance games featured high-tech, futuristic levels, both of which featured hexagons ad nauseum.
- Sonic Adventure 2 uses quite a few as well. A lot the moving platforms in City Escape are hexagonal prisms.
- Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "Beyond the Farthest Star". The Enterprise crew discovers a highly advanced alien ship in orbit around a dead star. The alien ship's interior structure is made up of interlocking hexagons.
- In 2012, scientists at IBM's T. J. Watson research center discovered that cylinder shaped molecules known as carbon nanotubes may work as a replacement for the silicon based microchip. The tubes are capable of delivering more power at such a small size without losing any control over the electrical current that flows through them. The tubes themselves are made up of hexagonal pathways, with electrical currents constantly making a path from one end of the tube to the other by going either left or right at each corner of the hexagon.
- Another hexagonal carbon molecule which has potential is graphene. In addition to being extremely strong and flexible it's an excellent conductor of electricity. Applications include lightweight screens, semi-conductors and efficient room temperature alcohol distillation.