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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 2,500 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 4,300 Science Fiction in the News articles.

NASA's Robotic Mining Competition
''Dave,'[Powell] said. 'You're a stable, rock-bottom mining robot...'- Isaac Asimov, 1944. (5/21/2015)
Should Humanity Switch To Robotic Pets?
'What about an exact electric duplicate of your cat?'- Philip K. Dick, 1968. (5/20/2015)
L'Oreal To 3D Print Human Skin
'...She helped the doctor spray on surrogate skin.'- Robert Heinlein, 1951. (5/19/2015)
LG Display Creates OLED Wallpaper
'A television that unrolled like a poster...'- Larry Niven, 1976 (5/18/2015)
Cool Foldable Mini-Quadcopter
'Eddie pocketed the bee cam...'- Karen Traviss. 2004. (5/17/2015)
NASA's Subvocal Speech System
'She took a subvocal input device from its rack...'- David Brin, 1990. (5/16/2015)
Cicada UAV Dropped In Swarms
'We... dropped roughly a thousand eyes on Beta Hydri IV.'- Robert Silverberg, 1969. (5/15/2015)
AI's Now Being Taught Anger
Actually the Prime Radiant was just a display device. (5/14/2015)
Cicret Interactive Skin Display Prototype
'A strip of readout skin on my wrist...'- John Varley, 1992. (5/13/2015)
Lily Camera Video Sport Selfie Drone
'He set his camera to follow him, and it hovered behind him like a large tame bee.'- Karen Traviss, 2004. (5/12/2015)
Metal Composite Floats Your Boat
'A metal that was apparently as light as cork and stronger than steel...' - Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1929. (5/11/2015)
Six Terabyte Solid State Drive Just 2.5 Inches
'A man or woman could carry AIs or complete planetary dataspheres...' (5/10/2015)
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Yeast-Culture Vats
Using cultured yeast as the basis for food production.
(From Caves of Steel [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Merc-Pool
A device that stores information in vibration patterns on a mercury surface.
(From Caves of Steel [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Planets Made Habitable
A plan to "terraform" a planet to improve its habitability by human beings.
(From Last and First Men [1930] by Olaf  Stapledon)
Red Weed (Terraforming Plant)
A plant brought by the Martians that grew on Earth.
(From The War of the Worlds [1898] by H.G.  Wells)
Neck-Phone
An implanted telecommunications device.
(From The Chromium Fence [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Rachag
A caffeine-style stimulant.
(From Dune [1965] by Frank  Herbert)
Wholographik
Hologram-style picture.
(From Stand on Zanzibar [1968] by John  Brunner)
Auto-Seal
Automatically deployed cover for power outlets; instant child-proofing.
(From Stand on Zanzibar [1968] by John  Brunner)
Synapsis-Coils
Human-like storage for computers.
(From Last of the Masters [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Gravity neutralizing paint
Paint or coating that neutralized the effects of gravity on whatever it was painted on.
(From Last of the Masters [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Sceneshifter
An automated display device that produced random pictorial presentations.
(From Last of the Masters [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Mecho-Clothing
Apparel created entirely by machines.
(From Last of the Masters [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Mechanical Tune-Maker
An electromechanical device that created unique music.
(From Last of the Masters [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Virtual Assembly
Use of holograms to accomplish an assembly of people.
(From If The Sun Died [1931] by R.F.  Starzl)
Controllable Drone Army
Darknet sorcerer uses gestures to control a network of drone servants.
(From Daemon [2009] by Daniel  Suarez)
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Planetary Parks Proposed For Mars Conservatio
A set of seven 'planetary parks' have been proposed for the conservation of the martian environment by two European scientists. (Re: Alfred Bester)

Robotic Tomato Harvester Ready For Space
Peter Ling of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has created a robotic tomato harvester. (re: Gregory Benford)

Crime-Fighting Computer - The Game's Afoot 24x7
The computer system is able to work on crime-stopping twenty-four hours per day, all week long. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Ornithopters In Fact And Fiction
An ornithopter under development at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies may yet make Leonardo da Vinci's dream a reality. (re: Frank Herbert)

Skeletar And Dragon Lyre ExoticGuitars - Science Fiction Instruments
Luthier Peter McGilton has used his Masters Degree in Fine Arts, and post graduate studies in classical instrument construction, to take the guitar-maker's art to truly science-fictional levels. (re: Various)

Robotic Fish From China
The black-bodied robot fish is about four feet long, and resembles a real fish in both shape and movement. (re: Michael Swanwick)

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