The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

An exceptional novel; this book introduces many races and characters. Dosadi is an experimental planet, where individuals from different species are forced into a pressure-cooker environment that either kills them or radically expands their capacities (it may remind you of Manhattan - it's even surrounded by a poison river). Will the people of Dosadi be loosed upon the rest of the complacent universe? Select an invention:

Alien Zoo
A zoo that brings together plants and animals from many planets.

Armored Clothing - modern armor
Ordinary apparel that contained both armor and muscle amplification devices.

Bedog - a comfy canine
A sentient creature designed to be a bed.

Caleban Contact - listen to the stars
A form of telepathy based on the use of unimaginably enormous amounts of energy.

Daily Schedule (DS) - intelligent day planner
The DS was an artificially intelligent day planner, a schedule keeper with voice recognition features; it also talked back when necessary.

Graluz - breeding pond for frog people
A contained, concealed breeding pond for the frog-like Gowachin.

Grapple Tracks - auto parking
A means of automating the process of parking and releasing passenger vehicles from a parking garage.

Network Monitoring Detection - why the slowdown?
Detection of someone monitoring your computer workstation

Odalarm - aromatherapy wake-up call
An alarm clock that awakens the sleeper with a selected odor.

Personality Simulator - game your office politics
A device which, when fed enough data about a person, simulated their personality allowing the user to predict behavior in stated circumstances.

Skitter - electric carts on Dosadi
A small passenger vehicle, for two beings, which uses a steering bar. It is parked in a structure that parks and releases vehicles automatically.

Sonabarrier - keep the vultures out
A type of energy fence, used to keep birds away from particular areas.

Swimming Tubes - water-filled for frog people
Used to connect buildings for use by amphibious species.

Taprisiot - galactic long distance calling
A kind of symbiote, which attuned itself to the user, allowing an expansion of consciousness - telepathic communication anywhere in the galaxy in real time.

Taprisiot Monitor Bead - last chance to surveil
A small bead to be swallowed that allowed the thoughts of a person to be transmitted and recorded during a specified interval.

Tracked Vehicle - better than Hummer
A heavily armored vehicle, typical of those in use, with a remarkable agility.

Transmitter Eyes
Closed circuit cameras that provided sight and sound to remote viewers of the Courtarena who wish to remain anonymous.

Uniflesh - skin for every occasion
A type of artificial skin and underlying flesh.

Zoo Fences - made of acid
Caustic water moat

 

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