Starfish by Peter Watts:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Remarkable first novel does a spectacular job of exploring two dark worlds, both teaming with gigantic yet insubstantial monsters, under great pressure, the place where energy from deep below the surface can bring light and materials needed for growth. Yes, I'm talking about - deep sea rifts. And that other place we all share. Well worth reading. Select an invention:

Diveskin - wetsuit for the deep rift
Special wetsuit that allows a diver to function at extreme depths.

Eyecaps
Corneal cap that acts as a pair of goggles for extreme depth diving.

Face Seal
A dive mask for deep sea diving.

Head Cheese - cultured neurons in a dish
Intelligent paste made of neurons; spread upon a substrate for computing.

Lucid Dreamer - it's a dream machine
A machine that guarantees productive REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, and therefore dreams.

Medical Mantis - telefactoring device for physicians
A medical telefactoring device; allows a physician to remotely examine patients and perform procedures.

Neuroinduction Field
Keeps the patient still without the use of cumbersome restraints or drugs.

Recycler
A surgically implanted device that enables a diver to obtain oxygen directly from seawater.

Smart Gel - brain in a dish
Intelligent paste made of neurons; spread upon a substrate for computing.

Sonar Pistol
A device that divers can use to find seabottom and objects in extremely dark or murky water.

 

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