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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 2,400 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 4,100 Science Fiction in the News articles.

'Hello, Computer!' Intel's Core M Catches Up To Scotty
Scotty's impulse to talk was right, it seems. (9/18/2014)
Visual Speech Recognition - When Will HAL Read Lips For Real?
Will computers be able to read lips? (9/17/2014)
MIT's Robotic Cheetah Runs Free - And Frolics In The Grass
THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail- William Gibson, 1986. (9/16/2014)
Flying Robot Has An Arm
Drones with arms. Well, one arm. (9/15/2014)
Strati 3D Printed Car
'You rode in it - you know how good it is.'- Philip K. Dick, 1956. (9/14/2014)
Tracking Spinning Space Junk
'Loose nuts and bolts... had been accumulating in Earth orbit'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (9/13/2014)
Baidu Kuaisou Dune Poison Snooper Chopsticks
'Unobtrusive inspections with... snoopers... Will it be chaumas - poison in the food?'- Frank Herbert, 1965. (9/12/2014)
Crystalized Light Created At Princeton
'It will be matter, matter made of light...'- John W. Campbell, 1930. (9/11/2014)
The Amazing Gravity-Assisted Journey Of Rosetta
'...We used the [moon's] attraction to give us additional starting speed'- Ray Cummings, 1930. (9/10/2014)
AirDog Auto-Follow Drone Captures Your Awesomeness
'Tight mid-shot and pull out on but behind me...' -Karen Traviss, 2004. (9/9/2014)
Dell's Venue 8 7000 Tablet With RealSense Depth-Mapping
Focus on any part of a picture later. (9/8/2014)
Google's Cartographer Backpack For Indoor Mapping
'He reached to unsnap the cartograph from his belt.'- Jack Williamson, 1931. (9/7/2014)
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Orbiting Factories
Manufacturing centers in orbit around the Earth.
(From The Fountains of Paradise [1978] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Alien Zoo
A zoo that brings together plants and animals from many planets.
(From The Dosadi Experiment [1977] by Frank  Herbert)
Smoke Jets (Air Leak Detection)
A means of determining the location of air leaks in a building built on an airless moon.
(From The Great Dome of Mercury [1932] by Leo  Zagat)
Floating Castle
A vast building floating freely above the land surface of Ringworld.
(From Ringworld [1970] by Larry  Niven)
Ownership of Machines
Who will own the machines that produce material abundance?
(From The Revolt of the Machines [1931] by Nat  Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
Dressing Machines
Semi-autonomous guided devices that could dress a person in ordinary clothing.
(From The Revolt of the Machines [1931] by Nat  Schachner (w. AL Zagat))
Robot Gas Station
An entirely automated station for dispensing fuel to consumer vehicles.
(From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said [1974] by Philip K.  Dick)
A drug that breaks down the ability of the brain to perceive space and physical objects properly, or in sequence; a new universe opens.
(From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said [1974] by Philip K.  Dick)
Floating Building
An apartment building that floats a few feet off the ground.
(From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said [1974] by Philip K.  Dick)
EEG-Gram Projection
Detection of unique characteristics at a distance.
(From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said [1974] by Philip K.  Dick)
A robotic butler.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Spacelanes Traffic Jam
Fanciful description of commuters in space.
(From Sales Pitch [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Nerve Machine
A device that delivers pure pain via neural currents.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
A small telephone that has a screen to show pictures.
(From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said [1974] by Philip K.  Dick)
Transparent Overalls
Perfect for prisoners, because nothing can be concealed.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
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The Pedsco RMI (Remote Mobile Investigator) robot. (re: Isaac Asimov).

EyeBall: Omni-Directional Smart Eye Sensor
What would you see if you tossed an EyeBall sensor into a group of aliens? (re: Robert Silverberg)

Baja Beach Club Implants VeriChip In Customers
Club patrons can have a rice grain-sized VeriChip RFID device implanted. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Road Stud Traffic Camera Reads License Plates
The camera is so sensitive that it can tell if your tires are balding as your car moves by at speed. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Liquid Armor In Two Flavors: Shear Thickening and Magnetorheological
Kevlar fiber vests soaked with STF are pliable under normal conditions. (re: Larry Niven)

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