The article, written by US physicist Nikola Tesla, had mentioned a hand-held device that could transmit wireless messages across the world, similar to today's Blackberry.
Seth Porges, the magazine's technology editor, disclosed Tesla's vision about the futuristic gadget at a presentation titled "108 years of futurism" to technology industry delegates in New York.
Tesla had written that the simple device would enable everyone to communicate with friends anywhere in the world. This would begin a new era of technology, he asserted in his article.
However, other projections by Popular Mechanics such as personal helicopters, flying cars, airports on the top of buildings and ovens doubling up as hairdryers have not yet been translated into reality.