Foundation by Isaac Asimov:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Space opera at its finest, from a man who really knew how to put a story together. Fast-paced story with interesting characters; its a different sort of story if you've only read Gibson and Sterling. You need to know what psychohistory is, so start reading. (Also, take a look at the inventive ideas from Asimov's second and third books in the trilogy - Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation.) Select an invention:

Agricultural World

Anti-Spying Device

Calculator Pad - grandfather of the pocket calculator

Directional Ticket - the ticket guides you

Force-Field Penknife - origin of the Lightsaber?

Gravitic Repulsion Elevator - going up

Jump Through Hyperspace - is travel through hyperspace possible?

Nuclear Shears

Personal Capsule - for your eyes only

Personal Force-Shield - earliest mention?


Pocket Nucleo-Bulb - better than those LED flashlights


Spy Beam

Static Field

Trantor - planet city

Ultrawave Relay (or Hyperwave Relay) - first use of FTL communication is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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Untethered Drone Gets Wireless Power
re: Robert Heinlein

ESA Plans Akon Projectile To Europa ala Jules Verne
re: Jules Verne

Transparent OLED TV By Panasonic
re: HG Wells

Shape-Memory Metal Transforms Millions Of Times
re: Samuel R. Delany

Advertising Drones Hover Over Traffic In Mexico
re: Jeff Noon

How Can Amazon Patent A Voice-Controlled Drone?
re: Karen Traviss

'North Sense' Wearable Piercing From Cyborg Nest
re: Samuel R. Delany

proCover Smart Sock Prosthetic Limb Enhancement
re: Roger Zelazny

Robots And AIs Will Replace Humans At 7 Percent Of U.S. Jobs
re: Robert Heinlein

Human Doctors Still Better Than Computers
re: Larry Niven

FEDOR Humanoid Robot To Join Russians In Space
re: Various

BMW Self-Balancing Motorcycle - Never Put Feet On Road
re: Bruce Sterling

MicroTug Is A Micro Robot Beast
re: Maurice A. Hugi

Linear Elastic Actuator in Parallel (LEAP) - It's A Hopping Robot
re: Isaac Asimov

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