Dictionary of Display Terms in Science Fiction
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Author (Publication Date)

3D 'Chess' Game Board - let the wookie win
A flatbed 3D display which is used to play chess-style board games in three dimensions.

George Lucas (1976)
3D Tank Display
A transparent cube showing a three-dimensional display.

E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Battery-Powered 3D Comic Book
A comic book the pages of which were animated by battery power.

Philip K. Dick (1965)
Battle Tank Display
Three-dimensional display showing tactical information for space battles.

James Blish (1957)
Big Screen Control - right from your personal device
Display content from your personal device on a large shared screen.

Frederik Pohl (1966)
Blaupunkt Holostage - a tabletop 3D projector
A three-dimensional tabletop display.

Tom Maddox (1986)
Browser Paper - one page IE
A paper-thin computer display.

Vernor Vinge (2006)
Celestial Armamentarium - the mechanism of star movements
A small crystal planetarium, in which the stars and planets surrounding Aerlith are seen.

Jack Vance (1962)
Cinematophote (Blue Optic Plate) - first reference to television
The first reference to a tablet-sized, handheld screen.

E.M. Forster (1909)
Control Screen
An alien display device.

Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
Control-Face - an LCD remote control
A small liquid crystal display (LCD) unit linked to a larger network; gives a window onto your larger network world.

William Gibson (1996)
Data Goggles - immerse yourself in the matrix
Eyewear connected to a computer provides total immersion in the matrix.

Neal Stephenson (1992)
Data Tiles - panes of data
Transparent panes that contain data and programs.

Steven Spielberg (2002)
Desktop Flat Panel Intercom
A small desktop screen intercom system.

H.G. Wells (1936)
Digital Paper Pad
Just one molecule thick, it flips bits by flipping molecules.

Warren Hammond (2007)
Dimensoscope - see into new dimensions
A telescope for peering into other dimensions.

Murray Leinster (1931)
Domed Mapviewer
Illuminated hemispherical map display.

Gordon R. Dickson (1960)
DreamTime Scleral Contact Lenses - VR contact lenses
Full-size contact lenses that can provide an augmented reality view.

Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (1992)
DVD/VCR (Entertainment Player)
A device that accepts stored moving picture entertainment and makes it available for viewing.

H.G. Wells (1899)
Ego-Likeness - a true portrait
An extremely detailed portrait played through a shigawire projector; capable of reproducing minute movements said to convey the ego essence of a person.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Electronic Book - more massively useful than a towel
An early reference and description of electronic book hardware and operation.

Douglas Adams (1979)
E-paper Hologram
A cover image that really pops out at the viewer.

Greg Bear (2003)
E-paper Newspaper
A paper-thin, flexible LCD-style display that is large enough to display a full newspaper page.

Steven Spielberg (2002)
Ersatz Window - fake view of outside
A display device used in a room without an actual view of the outside; it shows a projection of a real scene.

Philip K. Dick (1969)
E-Sheet - disposable LCD displays
A disposable medium for reading electronic messages.

Greg Bear (2003)
Esper Photo Analysis - zoom way in
A device that can find remarkable levels of detail from a photograph.

Ridley Scott (1982)
Eyephone(s) - big screen in a small package
A projection system using small goggles to project an image directly on your eye.

William Gibson (1996)
Combination television, news camera and surveillance device.

Philip Jose Farmer (1967)
A device that used stimulation of a large skin area to impart images to the user.

John Shirley (1985)
Flat Photo
A two-dimensional pictorial representation of a three-dimensional real space. A picture.

Dan Simmons (1989)
Flexible Car Map
A nonrigid map that extrudes from the dashboard of a car when needed.

Bruce Sterling (1994)
Flexible Wall Sheet Display - flexy flat panel
A large clear sheet that displays information.

E.C. Tubb (1958)
Fluid Metal Letters
A smooth metal display able to display words.

Philip K. Dick (1960)
Star display.

Robert Heinlein (1957)
Giant Flat Panel Display
Movie screen-sized flat panel display for live televised images.

H.G. Wells (1936)
Gogglelike Televisors
A screen technology placed very close to the eyes.

Manly Wade Wellman (1938)
An electronic tablet for information browsing.

Jay Caselberg (2003)
Helmet Visor Display - heads-up
A heads-up display with a variety of advanced features.

David Drake (1997)
A very large holographic display, that a person could walk into.

Philip K. Dick (1977)
A means of projecting a commercial message onto a fine spray.

John Varley (1977)
A small display like an iPad that shows 3D images.

Arthur C. Clarke (1978)
A small portable device that acquired holographic surveillance images.

Philip K. Dick (1977)
Homeopape - news just you can use
A automated device that produces a newspaper without human assistance.

Philip K. Dick (1969)
Hood Hologram
A hologrammatic display on the outside surface of a car.

William Gibson (1993)
HUD Glasses
Integrated glasses and projector provides a portable heads-up display for augmented reality.

Daniel Suarez (2009)
Identificator - holographic signage
A hologram projector used to flash door signs.

Jack Vance (1964)
Interactive Blackboard
Early description of an interactive display device for lectures and demonstrations.

Philip K. Dick (1960)
Interactive Map - very early concept
A small book with a 'touch-screen' paper interactive map.

Stanislaw Lem (1961)
Interactive Video Column - see the world -- from convenience stores?
A video display in a chain convenience store that shows random scenes from other stores in the chain around the world.

William Gibson (1999)
Kinetiscope Appliance - like a PDA
A small object that could show a variety of artificially created or extrapolated images.

H.G. Wells (1899)
Small bits of painted wood in a grid that spin around to form different pixelated images.

William Gibson (w/B. Sterling) (1990)
Leaf Screens
Bioform displays grown from plants offering flat surfaces - like leaves.

Thomas A. Easton (1990)
Lens Image
A presentation of the night sky, calculated for any planet or point in space.

Isaac Asimov (1953)
Magic Spectacles
Very early take on virtual reality hardware.

Stanley G. Weinbaum (1935)
Mediatron - paper-thin LCD display
A paper-thin networked computer display.

Neal Stephenson (1995)
Mediatronic Display
Electronic paper comes in big sheets.

Neal Stephenson (1995)
Metallic Display Scroll
A rollable video screen.

Daniel Suarez (2010)
Moving Picture Player - like a video iPod
A machine that plays recorded pictures back for a single person - a combination DVD player and screen.

H.G. Wells (1899)
Newspad - flat panel news display
A notebook-sized computer and display screen for reading news stories or other text matter.

Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Overlay Specs
Glasses that provide an additional feature; an overlay that lets you see information and graphics along with the real-world view.

Charles Stross (2007)
Parlor Wall (TV Parlor) - original big screen TV
The original "big screen TV" takes up an entire wall of a room.

Ray Bradbury (1953)
Personalized Fashion Display
A set of displays that show you dressed in different uniforms.

Harry Harrison (1965)
Phantoscope (phenomenoscope) - see it all
A device that provides you with a computer-operable display; can be worn or surgically implanted right on your own eyes.

Neal Stephenson (1995)
Photomnemonic Tablet - blank recording slate
A device that both records and displays images with the same element.

Neal Stephenson (2008)
Pocket Display Projector - a nano-projector
A pocketsized projector capable of displaying high resolution images so they can be viewed by a group of people.

Jack Vance (1971)
Pocket Projector
A personal device for replaying media.

Isaac Asimov (1952)
Police Sketch Artist Software - pc-based police art
A tablet-style computer with sketch pad software to help identify suspects.

Michael Crichton (1985)
Poster TV - flattest of flat screen TVs
This display gives new meaning to the term "flat screen."

Larry Niven (1976)
Predator Wrist Display
A wrist bracelet with a variety of useful functions.

John McTiernan (1987)
Prime Radiant - the ultimate conference projector
A projector that puts all of a vast collection of writings on the wall of a special conference room. You could interact with it by writing on the wall; changes were stored.

Isaac Asimov (1953)
Psycho-Lease Encephalic Gadget
A device that provided the conviction that a faked scene was, in fact, real.

Philip K. Dick (1969)
Reading Plaque - ultrathin display
A tablet-sized display for reading.

David Brin (1990)
Reading Plate - 50's style flat panel
A flat screen that provided computer output for viewing.

Robert Heinlein (1954)
Readout Skin - Gutenberg gets tattoos
Normal-appearing skin that can be used as an output device for text or graphics.

John Varley (1992)
Reality Graphics
One-stop design - the final design is the object.

Vernor Vinge (1992)
Retinal Projection - put the ad right on the eyeball
A method for projecting advertisements directly on the retina.

Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Retinal Vid-Screen - implanted news screen
A tiny display surgically implanted directly in the retina of the eye.

Philip K. Dick (1954)
Selective Television - wrap TV around the world
A special kind of 'television' that let the user choose any scene around the world.

Arthur J. Burks (1938)
Sights - skull gun crosshairs
Sunglasses-mounted crosshairs (you'll need one with your skull gun).

Neal Stephenson (1995)
Simulacrum Window
A 'window' that provides a realistic outdoor view in an interior room.

Robert Heinlein (1955)
Smart Contact Lenses - data from wearables
Contact lenses that have a built-in computer display.

Vernor Vinge (2001)
Smart Paper - thin-film transistor display
A very slim thin-film transistor display.

Neal Stephenson (1995)
Abbr. for solidograph; a device that produced a solid three dimensional image.

Milton Lesser (1956)
Solido Projector - envy of presenters
Projects 3-dimensional images.

Frank Herbert (1965)
Long distance projection of three-dimensional images.

Fritz Leiber (1943)
Solidograph-Projector - gives you that 3D image
A device that projected a 3D image of objects or a person.

H. Beam Piper (1948)
A cradle that provides virtual reality experiences to tiny tots.

David Brin (1994)
Telechart - the one indispensable aid
An interactive metal plate upon which were displayed celestial objects for interstellar navigation.

Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Teledar - 3D TV
Three-dimensional television.

William Tenn (1951)
A display screen for live events.

Francis Flagg (1932)
Projects three-dimensional images at great distances.

Fritz Leiber (1943)
Telestereo - earliest reference to holograms?
A disk, upon which the projected image of the distant sender appears.

Edmond Hamilton (1928)
Television Sheet
A large, flat screen television set.

David H. Keller (1929)
The Veldt - serengeti in the nursery
A nursery that comes alive for the viewer.

Ray Bradbury (1951)
Transparent Flat Panel Display - early flat panel
A fifty-inch flat panel display that is (or can be) transparent.

H.G. Wells (1936)
Ultra-Light Vision System
A viewing technology able to see through and even within most objects.

E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1931)
Video Wallpaper
Very thin, large scale display.

Vernor Vinge (1999)
Video-Glasses - see in all directions at once
Special light-gathering elements allowed the end user to see omni-directionally.

Bruce Sterling (1988)
Videoshades - be sure to get wraparound style
Sunglasses that let you watch what you want.

Bruce Sterling (1988)
Viewing Tank
A display monitor.

Robert Silverberg (1969)
A flat panel viewing display.

Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
Viewscreen Pentagon
A display with a central, pentagonal display surrounded by square displays attached to the sides.

Leo Zagat (1943)
Virtual Meeting - grandson of the web conference
A meeting space that exists only in a computer; the descendant of today's web conferences.

William Gibson (1996)
Virtual Reality Construct - VR without headgear
A means of projecting a virtual reality experience without special headsets.

Frederik Pohl (1966)
A display that provided a spherical, 3D visualization of a scene.

James Schmitz (1949)
Vision Cube
A solid-state memory device.

Robert Silverberg (1969)
Vision Plate - early flat screen
A flat panel monitor.

Murray Leinster (1945)
Visiplate - early flat panel viewer
A flat screen for viewing remote images.

E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1930)
Visi-Screen - future display
A display device.

Arthur K. Barnes (1938)
Visor - personal screen
A snap-down video screen for your eyes only.

John Shirley (1985)
Large screen entertainment.

Kendall Foster Crossen (1953)
Wall Screen
A large size display for video, anchored to a wall, or actually forming the wall itself.

Jack Williamson (1941)
Whologram - word play
Presents a realistic illusion.

Brian Aldiss (1969)
Window Wavelength
Display's that provide 'views' as if they were windows.

Brian Aldiss (1969)
Wired Glove Interface Display - gesture interface from Minority Report
A large screen display that uses a wired glove interface.

Steven Spielberg (2002)
Womb Room - return to the control room
The ultimate ship's bridge.

Larry Niven (1976)
Zip Paper
Very thin display like a single sheet of paper.

Greg Bear (2009)

Related Science Fiction in the News

Augmented Reality Book Covers Reveal The Inner Book
'The E-paper holograms leaped from lurid covers...' - Greg Bear, 2003.
(re: Greg Bear, 12/19/2021 )
TCL CSOT 17-Inch Printed OLED Scrolling Display
'..a wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling colour.' - EC Tubb, 1958.
(re: EC Tubb, 1/13/2021 )
Looking Glass Display Good Enough For Science Fiction, Fantasy
'The figure seemed to be swimming toward the surface.' - Roger Zelazny, 1981.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 11/13/2020 )
LG Wing Twisting Smartphone Might Be Fun
'A polycarbon screen unfurled...' - William Gibson, 1986.
(re: William Gibson, 9/15/2020 )
Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition OLED TV
The Look of Things To Come. HG Wells, 1936.
(re: HG Wells, 9/5/2020 )
AirTouch Panels Means No More Dirty Touchscreens!
Useful interfaces now appear in thin air.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 7/17/2020 )
Bosch Smartglasses Laser Paints AR Image On Your Retina
'Soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye.' - Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.
(re: Pohl and Kornbluth, 4/17/2020 )
A New Way To Run Into Things
'He made an adjustment, pointed the tube at the wall beside Etzwane, and projected a cone of light.' - Jack Vance, 1971.
(re: Jack Vance, 4/1/2019 )
Unfurl The Future! Huawei Mate X versus Galaxy Fold
'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently from the top of the unit and immediately grew rigid.' - William Gibson, 1986.
(re: William Gibson, 3/5/2019 )
North Focals Smart Glasses Provide Augmented Reality In Style
'The world ... is drenched in unfamiliar information all the way to the horizon.' - Charles Stross, 2007.
(re: Charles Stross, 2/11/2019 )
Do You Still Want A Folding Screen Phone?
'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled...' - William Gibson, 1986.
(re: William Gibson, 8/5/2018 )
'Princess Leia Project' Images That Float In The Air
Help me, Daniel Smalley; you're our only hope.
(re: George Lucas, 2/10/2018 )
LG Rollable Version Of Niven's Poster TV
'A television that unrolled like a poster.' - Larry Niven, 1976.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/9/2018 )
Foldable Galaxy Phones, I Swear They're Coming (Maybe)
Apparently, it is very hard to do. We've been patient, though.
(re: Larry Niven, 9/6/2017 )
WatchSense Perfect For Fat-Fingered Smartwatch Owners
'Now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components...' - Douglas Adams, 1979.
(re: Douglas Adams, 4/17/2017 )
Transparent OLED TV By Panasonic
It's the look of things to come.
(re: HG Wells, 10/13/2016 )
Cicret Makes Your Skin Into A Display
'On the translucent mica-like coverings over the orifices, appeared reddish characters...' - Schachner and Zagat, 1931.
(re: John Varley, 7/29/2016 )
Organic Photonic Skin Display
'A strip of readout skin on my wrist...' - John Varley, 1992.
(re: John Varley, 4/17/2016 )
Samsung Patent For Smart Contact Lens Camera Granted
'He realized that it was not quite a clear lens.' - Vernor Vinge, 2001.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 4/7/2016 )
LG's Rollable Display Video Is Amazing
Rollable maps, oh yes, please.
(re: EC Tubb, 1/13/2016 )
LG's Rollable Newspaper Display
'A wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling colour....' - EC Tubb, 1958.
(re: EC Tubb, 1/2/2016 )
Super-Thin Smart Glazing Displays
'...a wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling color.'- EC Tubb, 1958.
(re: EC Tubb, 11/15/2015 )
World's First Full-Colour, Flexible Thin-Film Reflective Display
'A wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling colour....' - EC Tubb, 1958.
(re: EC Tubb, 8/11/2015 )
See LG OLED Wallpaper - Amazing Video
'... television that unrolled like a poster' -Larry Niven, 1976.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/5/2015 )
The BLITAB: First Tactile Tablet for Blind People
Absolutely amazing development - now blind people can read the web!
(re: Various, 6/28/2015 )
Samsung's Transparent Display Finally As Big As HG Wells'
Did I mention that HG Wells also figured out that 16x9 is the shape for a TV to have.
(re: HG Wells, 6/11/2015 )
LG Display Creates OLED Wallpaper
'A television that unrolled like a poster...'- Larry Niven, 1976
(re: Larry Niven, 5/18/2015 )
Neptune Duo Smartwatch Wearable Wristband
'[He] pressed several buttons on the wide bracelet he wore upon his left wrist...'- Roger Zelazny, 1980.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 2/19/2015 )
Smart Window Tints, Powers Itself
'The polawindow, which he tuned to clear transmission.'- Frank Herbert, 1972.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/18/2014 )
What Can Magic Leap Expect From New 'Chief Futurist' Neal Stephenson?
'The goggles throw a light, smoky haze across his eyes...'- Neal Stephenson, 1992.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 12/17/2014 )
Puls 'Smart Watch' Replaces Your Cell Phone
I think this is a really interesting device, and I haven't heard very much about it.
(re: HG Wells, 12/14/2014 )
3D Printing Of LED Display Contact Lenses
'Sharon flinched as the whites of Bishop's eyes turned dark blue.'- Niven and Barnes, 1992.
(re: Niven and Barnes, 11/28/2014 )
USAF 'BATMAN' Wrist Display
'The tiny screen in the bracelet's center...'- Roger Zelazny, 1980.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 11/14/2014 )
SEL 3-Fold OLED 9 Inch Display Is Pocket-Sized!
'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently...'- William Gibson, 1986.
(re: William Gibson, 11/1/2014 )
Amazing ARES Augmented Reality Sandbox
'First he showed him where the input and output of his brand-new kingdom were, and how to program wars...'- Stanislaw Lem, 1965.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 10/21/2014 )
'3D Light Sculpture' Projected Directly Onto Retina
'...projects directly on the retina of the eye…'- Kornbluth and Pohl, 1952
(re: Pohl and Kornbluth, 10/20/2014 )
Leia Display System - Our Only Hope?
'Lilo and Vaffa moved through a maze of floating advertisements of ghostsmoke and holomist...'- John Varley, 1977.
(re: John Varley, 10/10/2014 )
Dell's Venue 8 7000 Tablet With RealSense Depth-Mapping
Focus on any part of a picture later.
(re: Ridley Scott, 9/8/2014 )
Smartphone Holographic Displays In 2015
If Sith Lords can have one... So can you!
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 8/24/2014 )
Navdy HeadUp Display (HUD) For Your Car
'All displays are thrown on a mirror in front of you...'- Robert Heinlein, 1959.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 8/7/2014 )
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.
(re: EC Tubb, 7/22/2014 )
Ostendo Quantum Photonic Imager Hologram Projector
'Instantly there appeared standing upon the disk, the image of a man...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1928.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 6/10/2014 )
PaperFold Foldable Smartphone
'...it gave me a little plastic book with four fold-outs'- Stanislaw Lem, 1961.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 5/1/2014 )
Amazing Video Shows Chameleon-Like Crystal Display
'Across the vast impersonal face of metal... a ribbon of fluid letters appeared...'- Philip K. Dick, 1960.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/23/2014 )
Augmented Reality Ship's Bridge From Rolls Royce
'... the immense, three-dimensional, minutely cubed model...'- 'Doc Smith, 1934.
(re: E.E. 'Doc Smith, 4/13/2014 )
MisTable Fog Display Like SeaQuest DSV
Captain Bridger, a message is coming in.
(re: Rockne S. O'Bannon, 4/9/2014 )
True Player Gear's Answer To Occulus Rift - Totem!
How close to this idea did Hugo Gernsback get? It turns out that he was on the right track.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 3/30/2014 )
Roll-Up Flexible Displays May Use Source Gated Transistor Sheets
'...a wide sheet of clear material suddenly flared with light and swirling color.'- EC Tubb, 1958.
(re: E.C. Tubb, 3/15/2014 )
Avegant Glyph Virtual Retinal Display
'...soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye…'- Kornbluth and Pohl, 1952
(re: Pohl and Kornbluth, 1/3/2014 )
MetaPro Holographic Glasses For VR Like Iron Man
'He passes you a pair of heavy, black-rimmed military spectacles…'- Charles Stross, 2007.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 12/24/2013 )
inFORM Dynamic Shape Output Device
Like that pushpin device you remember, but supercharged.
(re: David Brin, 11/16/2013 )
AquaTop Display Your Own Cylon Datastream
Command your robot army - from the tub!
(re: Various, 10/1/2013 )
Eye-Controlled Data Glasses
I've been reading about being able to have useful information overlaid onto my view of the world for years.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 9/14/2013 )
When Do I Get My Cheap, Flexible Touchscreen?
'Bud ... snapped at it with his fingernail. New mediaglyphics appeared...'- Neal Stephenson, 1995.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 9/12/2013 )
360Specs Virtual Reality Glasses From Smartphones
From Ray Latypov, the inventor of the Virtusphere.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 8/29/2013 )
Flexible Smartphone Displays From LG
'She set up a screen: a television that unrolled like a poster.'- Larry Niven, 1976.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/27/2013 )
Sony's A4-Sized Flexible Digital Paper Notepad
'...he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship's information circuit and scan the latest reports...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 6/3/2013 )
Contact Lens Video Display Electronics Now Transparent
'He realized that it was not quite a clear lens. Speckles of colored brightness swirled and gathered in it...'- Vernor Vinge, 2006.
(re: Niven & Barnes, 6/1/2013 )
Samsung Smart TVs With Gesture Control
'He waved his hand and the circuit switched abruptly.'- Philip K. Dick, 1955.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/3/2013 )
Take An Infinite Walk In Flexible Spaces
'The walls began to purr and recede into crystalline distance, it seemed, and presently an African veldt appeared...'- Ray Bradbury, 1951.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 4/15/2013 )
HP 3D Display Images Hover Above Device
'Instantly there appeared standing upon the disk... a lifesize and moving and stereoscopically perfect image...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1928.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 4/4/2013 )
LCD-based Smart Contact Lens Display
'You've got DreamTime technology in contact lenses? That's not available to the public!'- Niven and Barnes, 1992.
(re: Niven and Barnes, 12/12/2012 )
Mr. Bradbury, Your TV Parlor (Reality Deck) Is Ready
'But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlor?'- Ray Bradbury, 1953.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 11/21/2012 )
LG 84-inch Ultra HD TV
'But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlor?'- Ray Bradbury, 1953
(re: Ray Bradbury, 10/26/2012 )
The Ultimate Wrist Watch Pip-Boy-style
'Mark brushed back ... his upper garment and pressed several buttons on the wide bracelet he wore upon his left wrist... '- Roger Zelazny, 1980.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 10/22/2012 )
USC's Project Holodeck
Soon, a hologrid with omnidirectional holographic diodes!
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/11/2012 )
Galaxy Beam Smartphone Projector
"Ifness drew from his pocket a tube of dull black metal an inch in diameter, four inches long."
(re: Jack Vance, 8/10/2012 )
Google Glass: The Next Big Platform?
Will you be buying these in 2014?
(re: Charles Stross, 6/29/2012 )
ASU Full-Color Flexible Display World's Largest?
Also, cost-effective in production.
(re: E.C. Tubb, 6/5/2012 )
Tactus Tactile Layer Generates A Haptic User Interface
Who says a full screen smartphone can't have a real keyboard?
(re: Various, 6/4/2012 )
Touché Interaction With Everyday Objects
Unique control surfaces are everywhere, it seems.
(re: Various, 5/9/2012 )
TeleHuman Life-Size 3D Telepresence
'... a lifesize and moving and stereoscopically perfect image, flashed across the void of space to my apparatus by means of etheric vibrations...'
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 5/4/2012 )
Google's Project Glass May Augment Your Reality
How close to production is this kind of product?
(re: Charles Stross, 4/4/2012 )
Flexible E-Paper Finally Coming Out!
Finally - the floppy pad! No more hard pads!
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/30/2012 )
Google Glasses With Heads Up Display Coming Soon?
Google certainly has the information network to back up these glasses, and make augmented reality ... a reality.
(re: Charles Stross, 2/6/2012 )
Samsung Transparent Smart Window
HG Wells also had an idea like this, or was it Frank Herbert?
(re: H.G. Wells, 1/16/2012 )
Vermeer 3D Volumetric Touchable Display
Fun display from Microsoft Research, it produces free-floating three-dimensional holograms in mid-air.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 1/9/2012 )
Virtual Reality Contact Lens Shows One Pixel
SF authors have led the way on this idea; fans of Vernor Vinge and Larry Niven and Steven Barnes, rejoice!
(re: Niven and Barnes, 11/24/2011 )
Gesture-Controlled iPads?
What do you think, you're some kind of Jedi, waving your hands in the air?
(re: Samuel R. Delany, 10/22/2011 )
Innovega IOptik Micro-Display Contact Lenses
Interesting new take on getting us our lightweight, unobtrusive augmented reality displays.
(re: Niven and Barnes, 9/10/2011 )
Wooden Mirror Like A Kinotrope
The spinning wooden blocks are pixels.
(re: William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, 9/5/2011 )
i2R E-Paper Is Erasable
This display technology is erasable paper - in e-paper format.
(re: Greg Bear, 8/9/2011 )
Sony Flexible Color E-Paper
SF writers love the idea of e-paper.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 5/25/2011 )
Head-Coupled Perspective For iPad 2
Pretty nifty demo video shows how even the iPad 2 can create 3D images.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/12/2011 )
True 3D Real-Time Holography
'Help me, Michael Bove. You're my only hope.'
(re: , 2/1/2011 )
Realtime Holographic Motion Display Video
In the case of 3D display gaming, it is best to let the Wookie win.
(re: George Lucas, 1/8/2011 )
Samsung 19 Inch Transparent AMOLED Display
Will those open laptops on conference room desks be less of a barrier if their displays are transparent?
(re: H.G. Wells, 1/6/2011 )
Samsung Flexible 3D AMOLED Display
Creative concept from Samsung may provide a better way to present stereoscopic images.
(re: E.C. Tubb, 12/1/2010 )
Disposable E-Readers?
E-Readers could be cheap enough to read the content and then throw away.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 11/26/2010 )
Kinect Hack Yields 'Minority Report' Interface
Very convincing video shows the potential of this 'toy' - somebody should whisper in Steve Ballmer's ear about this one.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 11/15/2010 )
Holographic Videoconferencing
Amazing display could be large enough to display a full-size live image of a person or even a car.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 11/7/2010 )
Brother AirScouter Retinal Imaging Display Video
Remarkable technology presaged sixty years earlier in The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth.
(re: Pohl/Kornbluth, 9/20/2010 )
Waterfall Display Technology
Will this nifty multi-layered droplet display replace your flat panel TV? It has to be more refreshing on hot July days.
(re: Various, 7/4/2010 )
Real-Life Minority Report Interface Presentation Video
Amazing implementation of the display from the Spielberg movie; not surprisingly, he also helped on the creation of the movie.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 7/3/2010 )
Large Flexible Plastic Sheet Displays
'Ginormous displays' are on the way from Hewlett Packard.
(re: E.C. Tubb, 6/25/2010 )
Handheld Fashion Kinetoscope Appliance Found
I think Wells got this one pretty much right more than one hundred years ago. Except now, you can own one yourself.
(re: H.G. Wells, 6/10/2010 )
'Retina Display' SFnally Perfect (Almost)
Just how good is Apple's retina display Does it meet the needs of science fiction writers?
(re: Ray Bradbury, 6/9/2010 )
Winscape Plasma Monitor Windows
Amazing display is almost totally convincing; Phil Dick made sure you were convinced, in his version.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/17/2010 )
pCubee 3D Display Skips iPad For iCube
Pretty neat hack lets you hold three dimensions in the palm of your hand. Is this the next generation iPad?
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/29/2010 )
Gigapixel Display Like Blade Runner Photo Analysis
When Harrison Ford did this, he had it attached to a cheap TV. The real-life version of today is somewhat larger.
(re: Ridley Scott, 3/28/2010 )
Text 2.0 Smart Text
Are you reading it, or is it reading you?
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/27/2010 )
ASUS Windows Phone 3D Games
I'm not sure why I'd want a phone with a 3D display, but I'll reserve judgement until I can see one.
(re: George Lucas, 3/9/2010 )
Multi-Page E-Book Tablet Roundup
Did you know that Microsft's innovative design for an ebook was introduced six years ago by Toshiba? Even earlier by Neal Stephenson.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/8/2010 )
Flyfire Micro-Helicopter Display
Tiny UAVs fly in formation like fireflies, 'self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology' makes a 'spatially animated viewing experience' possible.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 2/22/2010 )
Emperor Gaming Station Like Sith Speeder
I can't help but think that this elegant device had an inspiration that came from the Dark Side.
(re: George Lucas, 1/26/2010 )
LG Display Flexible Newspaper-Sized E-Paper
Very impressive prototype display makes a fictional technology a reality.
(re: Stephen Spielberg, 1/15/2010 )
Waveface Flexible OLED Tablets
These design prototypes deliver sfnal quality displays in a variety of forms.
(re: E.C. Tubb, 1/12/2010 )
Samsung Transparent OLED Laptop
Very cool demonstration video; I'm still trying to figure out what I would do with a transparent screen laptop. Other than make sure I kept the keyboard clean.
(re: H.G. Wells, 1/7/2010 )
Skiff Reader Solves Apple Tablet Problems
You might like this one better if you're just interested in reading.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 1/4/2010 )
KINGK N99 Phone Has Round Display
I can't resist this retrofuturistic phone, with its classic fin de siecle (that's end of the nineteenth century) round screen.
(re: H.G. Wells, 1/1/2010 )
iPhone To Control Desktop Computer Remotely?
Nice prediction for William Gibson; he even used a touch screen interface on his 'control-face' device.
(re: William Gibson, 12/16/2009 )
Interactive TV Patent From Sony
Sony brings us one step closer to the TV parlors from Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Thanks, Sony.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 11/15/2009 )
Smart Contact Lens With Power Harvesting Circuits
Prof. Babak Parviz adds to his work on smart contact lenses by adding a very usable power source.
(re: Niven And Barnes, 11/15/2009 )
Transparent OLED Display Gets Bigger
H.G. Wells knew futuristic cool stuff when he thought of it - and now, you can look at a real-life prototype.
(re: H.G. Wells, 10/29/2009 )
LongBox Plus Apple Tablet Equals Digital Comic Books?
Philip K. Dick helps you imagine the possibilities of a battery-powered comic book in a story from the mid-Sixties. Thanks, Phil.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/27/2009 )
Sony 360 3D 'Stereo Tank' Video
A video of the Sony prototype 360 degree viewable 3D display has finally made it onto youtube.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/22/2009 )
Unlimited Size Mitsubishi OLED TV Screen
Now, you can take the incremental approach to the fine old American game of 'my big screen TV is bigger than yours'.
(re: Various, 10/8/2009 )
Phantom City Alternate NYC
This art museum project uses an iPhone app to take its exhibit of alternate New York city projects all over the city.
(re: Various, 10/2/2009 )
Magazine To Have Video-In-Print
Integration of video into print magazines creates bizarre hybrid; augurs newspaper-sized displays.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/21/2009 )
BrainPort - See With Your Tongue By Year's End
Tongue vision will be available to everyone, hopefully, if the FDA approves it.
(re: Various, 8/16/2009 )
Touchable Holography Display
Video presentation shows that it is possible to touch a three-dimensional holographic object.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 8/6/2009 )
Coolpix S1000pj Projector Camera
This camera does more than point-and-shoot; it is a projector and camera all in one. I think Jack Vance had this one designed - in his mind - about forty years ago.
(re: Jack Vance, 8/4/2009 )
Touchscreen Touches You Back
This display presents dynamically changeable physical buttons on a visual display.
(re: Varioius, 7/22/2009 )
Digital Booth Babe Display 3mm Thick
Fascinating display created for trade shows; I wonder if the creators of this display saw Young Sherlock Holmes twenty-five years ago.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 7/11/2009 )
Responsive Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
A special display lets users see themselves in two different sets of clothing at the same time.
(re: Harry Harrison, 7/1/2009 )
Orwell's Telescreen Now Available
Initially, this device could be used to create wearable displays that also offered eye tracking. However, it's basically a display that both presents an image and takes pictures at the same time.
(re: George Orwell, 6/6/2009 )
Google Holodeck Now Operational
Who knew Google had a holodeck?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/27/2009 )
OLEDs Connected In Stretchable Display
Why not just print a watch onto your sleeve? With this device from Takao Someya and colleagues, you can do it now if you want.
(re: Niven/Barnes, 5/17/2009 )
On/Off Luminescent Ink Prints On Fabric
Not just glow in the dark; you can selectively illuminate pixels for that sleeve watch that Niven and Barnes got you all worked up about a couple of decades ago.
(re: Niven/Barnes, 5/10/2009 )
Amazon Kindle DX XL E-Reader
Amazon finally unveils its new, large screen version of an e-reader.
(re: Stephen Spielberg, 5/6/2009 )
Allosphere Display Like X-Men Cerebro
Unique spherical display looks like something from the movies. X-men movies.
(re: Various, 4/25/2009 )
Kindle Orwellian Nightmare
An edition of the Times which might have been rewritten a dozen times still stood on the files bearing its original date, and no other copy existed to contradict it.
(re: George Orwell, 4/16/2009 )
PQ Labs Multi-Touch G2 Hands On Interface
This display might just sneak in ahead of both Microsoft and Apple; video shows how a customized interface can help game play.
(re: Various, 3/29/2009 )
Touch EPD Touch Screen EPaper Display
E-paper, e-shmaper - now there's a way to interact directly with your e-paper display, getting rid of those clunky control keys and boards.
(re: Greg Bear, 3/13/2009 )
3D Television Display In Real Time
Interesting implementation of the 3D display idea; an exemplary video both explains the concepts and demonstrates the device.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/6/2009 )
Kindle 2's Missing Cover
If the Kindle 2 had a cover, it would look like this.
(re: Douglas Adams, 2/26/2009 )
Toshiba OLED Video Wallpaper Powered By SF
With this many players in research and development, some kind of video wallpaper is bound to make it into production.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 2/26/2009 )
Samsung Transparent OLED Display And H.G. Wells
As shown in H.G. Wells' 1936 movie Things to Come - here's your transparent display. They could be a bit larger... With video.
(re: H.G. Wells, 2/17/2009 )
Dynamic Agenda Wallpaper Glows With Your Achievements
This room-sized tribute to your busy life is the best possible way to dominate a meeting.
(re: Issac Asimov, 1/30/2009 )
Samsung W7900 Show Cell Phone Digital Projector
Video shows an impressive little projector inside a cell phone; wouldn't you rather watch your pocket videos on a larger screen?
(re: Jack Vance, 1/29/2009 )
Roadside LED Signs May Not Be Believed
Got kind of a whiff of Neuromancer from this story; makes me think twice about those signs, though.
(re: William Gibson, 1/27/2009 )
Gel Tactile Display
Unique display uses a hydrogel to communicate information via touch.
(re: Various, 1/17/2009 )
Transparent Thin Film Transistors Fabbed With Nanotubes
If you could implant some sort of flexible display right in (or on) your skin, what would you display on it?
(re: Schachner and Zagat, 1/12/2009 )
Flexible OLED Wrist Display Like Pip-Boy
Flexible OLED display now available in a wrist-worthy format.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 1/7/2009 )
3G Watch Phone From LG Electronics
Remarkable technology from LG electronics promises to bring video to a wrist near you.
(re: H.G. Wells, 12/31/2008 )
Wapix YJMM Chrono-Pictographic Frames (From Hogwarts?)
Interesting art project prototype has literary antecedents.
(re: J.K. Rowling, 12/24/2008 )
NanoTouch Touchscreen Works From The Back
Radical solution to a common problem is slick - but will people like using it?
(re: Various, 12/21/2008 )
Samsung Folding Screen Cell Phone Video
I think that William Gibson called this one pretty closely back in 1986; watch the video and read the excerpt from the novel and judge for yourself.
(re: William Gibson, 12/1/2008 )
LCD Panel Fingerprint Scanner
Interesting LCD display has a hidden function - it can also take your fingerprint.
(re: George Orwell, 11/6/2008 )
Live Via 'Hologram' On CNN
Interesting technique used to project the 3D image of a correspondent back to the studio for use in a live broadcast. Not a true hologram, but it looks like telestereo to me.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 11/5/2008 )
Flapping Display From Samsung Breezy OLED
Okay, marketing guys, I really want to show off just how thin this OLED display is, how flexible the substrate. EC Tubb nailed this one in 1958.
(re: E.C. Tubb, 10/29/2008 )
World's Thinnest TV - Sony Bravia ZX1
This television is pretty close to being the same size and thickness as a poster, which might get some Niven fans thinking.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/13/2008 )
Holographic 3D Television - And No Glasses
A nice step forward has been taken in creating true 3D holographic displays without funny-looking glasses.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/7/2008 )
DoCoMo Cellphone Projector
This looks like a pretty cool way to see movies in your cubicle, or make a slide presentation without a lot of extra gear.
(re: Jack Vance, 10/1/2008 )
Plastic Logic Reader 8.5x11 E-Book
Very hopeful story for those of us who are looking forward to a nice piece of e-paper to work with.
(re: Various, 9/14/2008 )
E-Ink Cover World's First
Very impressive first effort; Esquire leads the way in bringing this futuristic technology right to your local news stand.
(re: Greg Bear, 9/9/2008 )
Toshiba LED Pico Projector
Forty years ago, this was a science-fictional item.
(re: Jack Vance, 9/1/2008 )
Digital Daewoo Folding Screen DID-FS
I think Vernor Vinge might have seen this coming; it's a fascinating combination of old and new.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 8/31/2008 )
Beijing Opening Ceremonies 3D Display Like X-Men
I loved the 3D 'digital' display; human-powered and low resolution, but still amazing.
(re: Various, 8/9/2008 )
3D Cellphone From Seiko Epson
Display technology brings unprecedented resolution to cellphone displays, as well as more D's.
(re: George Lucas, 8/8/2008 )
Microsoft Surface Sphere w/Send To Dark Side Gesture
Can you guess what the 'send to the dark side' gesture does? What movie do you think of when it comes to spherical information displays? Let me know.
(re: L. Frank Baum, 7/30/2008 )
E-Ink Cover For Esquire Magazine
This September, you should see the first example of e-ink paper on the cover of a magazine. Not the last, I'm sure.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/22/2008 )
gCubik 3D Handheld Display
Display prototype aims towards three-dimensional images without special glasses, in a hand-held form factor.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/16/2008 )
Two Page E-Book Makes Readers Flip
This is an idea that has been tried before; take a look at the video and then see what Toshiba developed four years ago.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 6/26/2008 )
Tactile 'Display' For Fingertips
Can your fingers 'see' at a distance? This flexible display could make tele-feeling transfer systems possible.
(re: Various, 6/11/2008 )
DimP Video Player Controls By Touch
Very interesting way to gain direct control over your videos; skip the dull side controls and just manipulate the action directly.
(re: Various, 5/27/2008 )
Fluke Handheld Thermal Imager Predator-Style
Very nifty thermal imaging device you can point and shoot with. Unaccountably, a shoulder blaster is not offered in combination with this device.
(re: , 5/26/2008 )
Shinoda Plasma Video Wallpaper
Nice prototype presages small-scale production of even larger version this fall.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 5/15/2008 )
Pilot View FPV 2400 Sees Out Model Plane Window
This is a pretty cool idea; for those who don't have the time or the money to get a pilot's license and plane, here's a way to get up in the air more cheaply.
(re: Various, 5/11/2008 )
E-paper You Can Write On From Seiko Epson E Ink
Collaboration produces a very nifty e-paper display that you can write notes on if you wish.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 5/10/2008 )
Where's My Hand Waving Gesture Recognition Interface?
The time is past for mere wishful drooling over movie-style gesture recognition interfaces. I want my hand waving interface. Now.
(re: , 4/24/2008 )
AirStrike Interactive Display: The Summoning
This display technology video has gotten a lot of attention; I'm not convinced. Especially about the 'holographic' part.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 4/23/2008 )
Retinal Scanning Display Projects Images On Retina
This display uses your own retina as a screen upon which to show an image; the idea is at least fifty years old.
(re: Pohl/Kornbluth, 4/12/2008 )
Multi-Touch Illuminate Table
The GestureTek device beats the MS Surface in at least one important respect; ordinary consumers can buy one now.
(re: Various, 4/7/2008 )
Sensisphere Multitouch Hemisphere Display
The Sensisphere is a design concept prototype that may be less practical than MS Surface, but it's still cool.
(re: Various, 4/6/2008 )
Gesture Recognition TV Watches You
Would you want a set top box with a camera in it watching you watch television?
(re: George Orwell, 3/21/2008 )
iRex Iliad E-Book Reader AND Writer
For an alternative to the Amazon Kindle, consider the iLiad device from iRex. No mere reader, it also lets you write all over your ebooks.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 3/9/2008 )
e-Menu Interactive Restaurant Menu
This is a very nicely done implementation of a great idea - you'll think of this one the next time you're wondering 'where is my waiter?'
(re: Edgar Rice Burroughs, 3/9/2008 )
Microsoft Surface Sphere: Multi-Touch Crystal Ball
And who do we know who would possibly be interested in something as far-fetched as a spherical computer display?
(re: Frank Baum, 3/6/2008 )
Transparent Mobile Search - Just Frame The Question
Fascinating interface design presents an interesting solution to the problem of stating (framing) your search query.
(re: Charles Stross, 2/24/2008 )
Tattoo Display Fueled By Blood
Ever misplaced your cell phone, or forgotten to charge it? If this concept becomes reality, your problems are solved.
(re: John Varley, 2/22/2008 )
Readius Polymer Vison E-Ink Video
This video lets you see the future in the palm of someone else's hand.
(re: William Gibson, 2/15/2008 )
Nautilus Home Theater Causing Nemo-Envy
One can almost imagine Prof. Arronnax, Conseil and Ned Land, smoking cigars made from nicotine-rich seaweed, enjoying the latest moving pictures.
(re: Jules Verne, 2/11/2008 )
Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall Gives CNN Magic
I'd like to see multiple CNN news personalities using this device at the same time - fighting over screen real estate.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 2/6/2008 )
AquaScript Information Waterfall Display
Do you sometimes feel drenched in an endless rain of information? Well, now you really can - text and graphics both.
(re: Various, 2/4/2008 )
Circuit Smart Contact Lens, Presaged By Niven, Barnes and Vinge
Vernor Vinge called this one in his 2001 novella 'Fast Times at Fairmont High.' Larry Niven and Steven Barnes didn't do too badly, either.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 1/17/2008 )
Multi-Touch Table For Factory Inspection
I think Fritz Lang called this one about seventy years ago; but the new one has that nifty multi-touch technology.
(re: Fritz Lang, 1/10/2008 )
Wiimote Head-Tracking Virtual Reality Display
I'm starting to think that there is nothing you can't do with a Wiimote. Virtual reality display for a few bucks? No problem.
(re: Various, 1/9/2008 )
SHOW Lensless PicoP Projector World's Smallest
This amazing little device was foreseen thirty-five years ago by SF Grandmaster Jack Vance.
(re: Jack Vance, 1/3/2008 )
Philips Flexible E-Paper World's Highest Resolution
LG Philips will be showing this flexible e-paper next week, but you can see it today on Technovelgy.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 1/3/2008 )
Digital Billboards Fighting Crime 451-Style
Digital billboards are being used for more than just pushing consumer junk.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 12/24/2007 )
Wiimote-Based Multi-Touch Whiteboard
It might just be quicker to list the things you CAN'T do with a Nintendo Wii remote; great hack from CMU.
(re: Various, 12/19/2007 )
Readius Rollable Display Starts Mass Production
You can roll up a newspaper, magazine and even a paperback book; try that with a Kindle. The Readius uses a great display technology.
(re: William Gibson, 12/15/2007 )
eScroll Design Takes E-Books Way Back
Sure, the Amazon Kindle has a future, but what about an eBook design with a past?
(re: Various, 12/9/2007 )
Ray Bradbury: Your Parlor TV Walls Are Almost Ready
Can you dance faster than the White Clown, shout louder than 'Mr. Gimmick' and the parlor families? Better start practicing, because the TV parlor is just about ready.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 11/2/2007 )
E-Paper By Bridgestone: Ultrathin And Supersized
Your foldable, crushable, tossable e-paper will be ready by 2009; see a sample now.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 10/22/2007 )
Round Screen LCDs Take Us Back
I've had enough of rectangular displays - this one is pleasingly round.
(re: H.G. Wells, 10/20/2007 )
JVC Clapper Gesture Recognition TV
Yes, that's right, you've wasted your valuable vegetating hours looking for the remote for the last time.
(re: Douglas Adams, 10/7/2007 )
Sony OLED TV Superthin
This remarkably thin television is now available in Japan; expensive, but the future usually is (at first).
(re: Larry Niven, 10/2/2007 )
Autostereoscopic 360 Degree Light Field Display
The frame rate of this interactive display is remarkably high.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 9/2/2007 )
HIPerSpace Offers Highest Display Resolution
The engineers at UCSD are at it again, creating the world's highest resolution display.
(re: H.G. Wells, 8/23/2007 )
HypoSurface Walls Are Full Of Life
This remarkable new display surface is a pretty good implementation of a J.G. Ballard idea from the 1960's.
(re: J.G. Ballard, 8/17/2007 )
kameraflage Seen By Cellphone Cameras Only
This is an interesting use of a little-known property of digital cameras.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 8/1/2007 )
iPhone Medical Image Viewer
Physicians are always looking for a tool that lets them take patient information with them.
(re: Various, 7/25/2007 )
Paper Four Video
Excellent video really shows off cool display technology.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/10/2007 )
Transparent TV From Active Inc (And H.G. Wells)
This looks like a great product - H.G. Wells would be very glad to see it, having thought of it seventy years ago.
(re: H.G. Wells, 7/6/2007 )
MulTicket Is Isaac Asimov's Idea
Very cool concept - but it's been around for a while.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 7/6/2007 )
Tangible 3D Display: Reach In And Touch With Haptic Glove
Grab virtual reality by the ..., well, you know what I mean.
(re: Various, 7/1/2007 )
Nanowire Electronics Transparent And Flexible
Remarkable advance brings clear displays much closer - and clearer.
(re: Various, 6/27/2007 )
Interactive Paper Four Sounds Off
This revolutionary product will also improve those school science fair projects...
(re: Harlan Ellison, 6/6/2007 )
Microsoft Surface Multi-Touch Display
Microsoft's implementation of a multi-touch display looks smooth - but take a look at the earlier efforts.
(re: Various, 5/30/2007 )
A4-Sized Color E-Paper Unrolled By Philips
South Korea's LG Philips does it again with this amazing full sheet of e-paper.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 5/14/2007 )
DigiDesk Touch-Desk Microsoft's Sci-Fi Desk of the Future
I think Fritz Lang had the spirit (and form) of this device as early as 1927.
(re: Fritz Lang, 5/6/2007 )
Book-Style Interface For Web, TV, Radio
Watanabe is slowly working toward a future written by Neal Stephenson and posited by MIT's Media Lab.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 4/29/2007 )
Star Wars Binoculars A Cognitive Technology Threat Warning
Come on, you've wanted some of those nifty Star Wars binoculars since about 1977 - admit it.
(re: George Lucas, 4/13/2007 )
Largest OLED Display
This new display is getting closer to those cool TVs that we can just unroll and hang wherever we like.
(re: E.C. Tubb, 4/11/2007 )
Sony DataTiles Inspired By What SF Movie?
The cool Sony DataTiles are back in the news, and they were inspired by a particular science fiction movie.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 4/8/2007 )
Podtech Gesture Research Turns Hand Into Mouse
Gesture recognition is getting cheaper; soon your hand will be a mouse.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 4/6/2007 )
How Long To Run From One End Of TV To The Other? 12 Seconds!
How to best measure the size of your TV? Would you believe you'll need your running shoes and a stopwatch?
(re: H.G. Wells, 3/28/2007 )
World's Largest Tablet PC From Sharp
Forget about packing this one under your arm.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 3/16/2007 )
Polymer Vision Readius With Merely Foldable Display
I liked the idea of a fully rollable display better. Picky, picky, picky.
(re: William Gibson, 2/17/2007 )
Gravitonus Ergonomic Workstation
Just ask yourself this: does my gaming system orient me properly to the Earth (or other local) gravitational field? I didn't think so.
(re: , 2/14/2007 )
Pyro Dancin' to the Infernoptix Beat
This is so great - now see more details than ever before with this amazing display.
(re: , 2/11/2007 )
Gemotion Bas Relief Display
Unique technology provides a soft, 'living' 3D surface vision.
(re: Various, 1/23/2007 )
Khronos Projector at NextFest 2006
Very cool interface should give you a new thought about the iPhone - flexible screen!
(re: Various, 1/21/2007 )
iPhone Multi-Touch Screen's Big Brother(s)
If you think Steve Jobs is a good salesman, watch Jeff Han.
(re: Stephen Spielberg, 1/12/2007 )
Philips Readius E-Ink Video
This video really demonstrates how cool this device is.
(re: William Gibson, 12/11/2006 )
Lifeblood And Beta Tank Bubble-Based 'Stereo Tanks'
Unusual sculptures that use bubbles as pixels in low-res displays - 2D and 3D.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/23/2006 )
Concrete Screen Technology Bucks Trend
Forget about those flimsy thin screens - here's a display that will stand up to the real world. Don't drop it on your foot, though.
(re: Various, 11/10/2006 )
Cheoptics 360 3D Display Technology
This new display would be perfect for tradeshows and conventions, not to mention the control room of your rocket ship.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 11/7/2006 )
World's Highest Resolution Seamless Display Has 60M Pixels
Not just a hi-res display, this is a means of having an arbitrarily large high resolution display. Sixty million pixels is just the beginning.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 11/2/2006 )
Toshiba Interactive 3D Display Video At SEATAC 2006
Very nice video on Toshiba's slick 3D display, which now seems to offer additional interactive features.
(re: George Lucas, 10/14/2006 )
Icuity iWear iPod Video Glasses
Remarkable realization of the videoshades from the cyberpunk sf era.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 9/6/2006 )
V-Rambo Wristwatch Video Receiver
This device allows soldiers to see on the other side of buildings, or over the next hill, using real-time video.
(re: Ray Cummings, 7/27/2006 )
AMOEBA Tank Forms Letters Today, Aliens From 'Abyss' Tomorrow
Create letters with standing waves; will it be possible to create effects like the water aliens in Abyss sometime soon?
(re: , 7/26/2006 )
Mitsubishi Aurora Vision LED Screen And H.G. Wells
Enormous public high definition screen predicted by H.G. Wells seventy years ago.
(re: H.G. Wells, 7/25/2006 )
Explay Nano Projector Pocket Display
Remarkable display projector is smaller than even science fiction authors imagined.
(re: Jack Vance, 7/2/2006 )
Vernor Vinge Smart Contact Lens On Wired
Vernor Vinge got there first - but Wired drew it up real nice for us.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 6/29/2006 )
Infernoptix Digital Pyrotechnic Matrix Display
Doomsday display or not, one look at this display and you'll forget all about that fancy-pants plasma screen.
(re: Various, 5/29/2006 )
Heliodisplay M2i - Interactive Midair Touchscreen
The newest Heliodisplay offers interactive 'touch screen' features - but you don't actually touch the display that hangs in mid-air. So, it's actually a 'no-touch-screen...'
(re: Frank Herbert, 5/17/2006 )
Origami Cell Phone Concept
Great concepts galore from a company called Inventables; I found one that is a twenty-year-old sf idea.
(re: William Gibson, 5/11/2006 )
Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP Has Maximum Headroom
Science meets science fiction today as you can finally have the online look you wanted; face manicuring (like Bruce Sterling) or full-on avatar (like Max).
(re: Bruce Sterling, 5/1/2006 )
Apple Apparently Working On Orwell's Telescreen
Now, Apple would never create a tool suitable for totalitarian governments - but here's what we could use it for.
(re: George Orwell, 4/26/2006 )
PixelOptics SuperVision Optimizes Your Sight
You may not be Superman, but SuperVision is closer than you think. The military get it first, then maybe at an optician near you.
(re: Various, 4/24/2006 )
Brainport Tongue Vision In Use By Navy SEALs
Can the military train you to see sonar like a dolphin with a tongue-based interface? Truth may not always be stranger than fiction - but this time it might be.
(re: Various, 4/24/2006 )
News E-Papers From Plastic Logic
Newspads and mediatrons, science fiction staples, are now making the prototyping rounds.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 4/24/2006 )
HIPerWall Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Wall
Think you like your current display? This one might wrap all the way around your dorm room.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 4/22/2006 )
Philips 100-Inch TV Parlor
Ray Bradbury warned us about big TVs; you can just about get one now.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 3/8/2006 )
True 3D Plasma Display
Researchers demonstrate a 3D display that does not depend on binocular eye tricks - and real plasma in mid-air!
(re: Edmund Hamilton, 2/23/2006 )
Multi-Touch Interaction Overlord Control Screen
Use both hands and all your fingers with this interface, just like Earths' Overlords.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 2/13/2006 )
Apple Video iPod - And HG Wells
Apple's iPod is a great way to take movies with you.
(re: H.G. Wells, 10/12/2005 )
Pioneer 3D Hand Waving Interface
Here's a way to draw pictures in the air - on your PC.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 10/3/2005 )
Philips Readius E-Reader With Rollable Display
First prototype of a rollable display electronic document reader.
(re: William Gibson, 9/4/2005 )
The 'Flying Carpet' of Seyed Alavi
Stand tall - two miles tall - and walk the earth like a giant on this 'flying carpet.'
(re: Larry Niven, 8/30/2005 )
Heliodisplay - Futuristic Display Technology
Films like Star Wars show how images projected into the air might be used. The Heliodisplay from IO2Technology projects images - both still pictures and video - into mid-air. It works with most video sources. It is also interactive, forming a floatin
(re: George Lucas, 8/18/2005 )
Toshiba Flatbed 3D Display
Remember when R2D2 and Chewbacca were playing a chess-like game with projected pieces? Toshiba invented a table like that.
(re: George Lucas, 7/29/2005 )
Fujitsu Bendable Electronic Color Display - With Memory
The flexible screen has an image memory function that keeps a vivid color picture in view without expending electricity.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/13/2005 )
Finally, Good Graphics For SF E-Paper
Science fiction writers have been talking about the virtues of electronic paper for decades; finally, mobilepc magazine has given us the graphics we've been waiting for in their "Wonders That Will Be" issue.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 12/20/2004 )
Nomad Virtual-Cockpit Helmet-Mounted Display
Commanders in the field need better situational awareness; Microvision has created the Nomad Virtual-Cockpit Helmet-Mounted Display.
(re: David Drake, 12/14/2004 )
Virtual Retinal Displays Get All Geordi With It
Scientists have been hard at work; the Human Interface Technology Laboratory is continuing work on virtual retinal displays - and building in a very Star Trek look while they're at it.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 10/30/2004 )
Minority Report-Style 'Discovery Informatics' At Purdue University
Purdue University researchers are developing a Minority Report-style environment with high-performance computers and artificial intelligence software. The new 'data CAVE' takes a new approach to data-mining.
(re: Stephen Spielberg, 10/20/2004 )
Microvision Laser Monocle: Technician Retina-Vision
Microvision's Nomad Expert Technician System shines laser light right onto your retina, providing images and diagrams that seem to float in the air in front of you.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 4/29/2004 )
Sony LIBRIe E-Ink Electronic Book Update
The Sony LIBRie electronic book solves the most serious problems of past e-book hardware. And, in the near future, it may be able to replace parchment copies of The Daily Prophet, the wizard newspaper from Harry Potter.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 4/23/2004 )
Projection Commercials: Extreme Plasma Television
X3D Technologies has created a projection system for three-dimensional product advertisements. Author Alfred Bester has seen this future, and walked right through it.
(re: Alfred Bester, 3/23/2004 )
Toshiba SD-Book: An E-Book With Two Pages
This unique electronic book has two LCD displays in a very familiar configuration. You have your favorite book open before you, and read it without ever turning a page.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/22/2004 )
9X Media Video Wall: Bradbury's Parlour Walls Come To Life
The 9X Media Video Wall, a massive flat panel video display, is probably too expensive to buy on a fireman's salary, but they come very close to the parlour walls from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 3/22/2004 )
Reversible LCD: Two-Sided Electronic Paper
Mitsubishi has a prototype reversible LCD panel; a two-sided liquid crystal display that can show different images on each side. Like two-sided smart paper!
(re: Neal Stephenson, 3/3/2004 )
Philips Rollable Display (Active-Matrix)
These remarkable displays are flexible, and can be rolled up and put away when not needed.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/27/2004 )
Three Dimensional Flat Panel Screen Announced
On October 13, 2003 Sharp Electronics released the first laptop computer capable of 3D images without needing to use special glasses, the Actius RD3D.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/13/2003 )






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