The Kokod Warriors by Jack Vance:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Classic story contains a variety of elements later used in his award-winning novel The Dragonmasters. The action centers around a small planet upon which live small natives whose lives revolve around pitched battles, tribe versus tribe. A small lodge provides a place for members of the greater galactic culture to observe and place bets. Select an invention:

Automated Wake-Up Call - the hotel wakes you up
A device that provides automated wake-up calls.

Kite-Copter Car
An observation car suspended below a device that supplies lift.

Mnemiphot
A device used to search for information, which is then presented on a convenient screen.

 

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