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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.

Japan Invites Robot Athletes To Gather For 2020 Olympics
It's time we started to get rid of that distinction between metal and flesh, and IC and neuron, don't you think? (7/24/2014)
CV Dazzle Anti-Surveillance Make-Up
'Let's hear it for the vague blur!'- Philip K. Dick, 1977. (7/23/2014)
LG Display's 18 Inch Flexible OLED Panel Is Awesomely Cool
'...a wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling color.'- EC Tubb, 1958. (7/22/2014)
Tiniest Microphone Inspired By Fly
'Transmitting to its manipulator, far away now, all that it heard through its ear microphones...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1936. (7/21/2014)
NASA's Highway In The Sky For Drones
Jeff Bezos may find that there are rules to drones. (7/20/2014)
Palcohol Powdered Alcohol - Try Or Ban?
'I had a small can of powdered alcohol disguised as tooth powder...' - Harry Harrison, 1970. (7/19/2014)
pd.id Personal Drink ID Device Like Dune 'Poison Snooper'
'The jeweled hands clutching drinks (and the unobtrusive inspections with tiny remote-cast snoopers)...'- Frank Herbert, 1965. (7/18/2014)
Monsieur Bartending Robot
'He poured the liquids into his maw...'- Anthony Boucher, 1943. (7/17/2014)
Cities Detect Gunfire Acoustics With ShotSpotter
'Sound trackers on the roof...'- Greg Bear, 2007. (7/16/2014)
Cruise Automation's 'Highway Autopilot' For $10K
'It cut her out of the stream of vehicles and reduced the speed of her car...'- Robert Heinlein, 1941 (7/15/2014)
Pengheng Space Capsule Hotel Staffed Entirely By Robots
'A planet-wide chain of hotels that specialized in non-human service.'- Harry Harrison, 1970. (7/14/2014)
Electric Bacteria That Live On Pure Energy
'April 5, 1977; that was the night the waveries came.'- Frederic Brown, 1945. (7/13/2014)
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Robutler
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)
Transparent Overalls
Perfect for prisoners, because nothing can be concealed.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Killalc Pills
Counteracts the effects of alcohol consumption.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Powdered Alcohol
Alcohol in non-liquid form.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Luggage Robot
Perfect helper at robotic hotels.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Riding Robot
A single person means of bipedal transportation.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Flywheel Cycle
A motorcycle powered by a flywheel.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Gaussrifle
Projectiles driven by electromagnetic forces.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Screamer
An acoustic weapon.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Blackout Gas
Cuts input from the optic nerve.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Robotnik Automated Hotel
A fully-automated hotel; no human interaction required.
(From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge [1970] by Harry  Harrison)
Seed Bomb
A tiny explosive that can be embedded under the skin.
(From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said [1974] by Philip K.  Dick)
Microtransmitter Dot
A tiny transmitter placed on ID cards, used to track ID holders.
(From Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said [1974] by Philip K.  Dick)
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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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