When the Sleeper Wakes by H.G. Wells:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

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Automated Surface Measurement - 100 years before cgi needed it
A mechanical method of accurately measuring a surface.

Automatic Door - like a roll top desk
A wall strip that rolls up automatically to let you through.

Babble Machine - you know
Not just television - this describes what we call 'the idiot box' (technology and media).

DVD/VCR (Entertainment Player)
A device that accepts stored moving picture entertainment and makes it available for viewing.

Eadhamite
Synthetic material that creates extremely smooth roads.

Individualized Clothing Manufacture - clothes just for you
A device that will produce suits of clothing based on measurement data gathered.

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

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

Moving Roadway - like a baggage conveyor
A roadway that is in motion, with seats and kiosks, that goes around curves.

Networked World
Very early description of our dependence on technology and communication.

Town In One Building - like an arcology
This is the basic idea behind an arcology, or other single structure that is intended to provide living space and mall.

 

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