Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Ralph 124c 41 +
by Hugo Gernsback

Ralph 124c 41 + was originally self-published as a serial in Gernsback's own Modern Electrics magazine in 1911. It was collected and published again Amazing Stories in 1925. It really lives up to the name "scientifiction" (Gernsback's name for this kind of literature).

The story is relatively simple; Ralph 124c 41 +, one of the ten most brilliant scientists on Earth, falls in love with a beautiful young woman, and saves her from evil. This story really is an sf classic.

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Motosk8 - Next Best Thing To Tele-Motor-Coasters
   Motosk8 is a very special kind of personal transportation, designed by extreme sports enthusiast Tim Gendle.

MASTOR Provides Real-Time Speech Translation
   Real-time speech translation from one language to another; is the world ready for one of Gernsback's 1911 language rectifiers?

LongPen By Unotchit: Margaret Atwood's Telautograph For Book Signing
   Science fiction writer Margaret Atwood has created a device that makes real one of Hugo Gernsback's dreams of almost a century ago.

Voxonic Software Lets You Sing, Speak In Any Language
   This software-based translation method can take a sample of your voice, and then translate you into any of almost 1,500 different languages.

Android Glass Desk Phone
   I'm really in retro gadget heaven now; this is totally an update for one of my favorite work phones at Northern Telecom back in the 1980's.

In-Road Electric Vehicle Charger
   Intriguing patent surfaces (with video) for an in-road electric vehicle charging system; you can move on or off the charging strip at will.

Robotic Roller Skate Micro-Mobility
   Personal transportation for each foot is an idea that just won't go away; take a look at the prototypes in this short video.

Google Translator Phone Is Ralph 124c 41 + Approved
   Although the technology could take many years to perfect, Hugo Gernsback's 1911 dream of talking in English to French girls may yet come true.

Robust Automatic Translation Of Speech DARPA's Universal Translator
   I am fluent in six million forms of communication. I am a small yellow fish. I also work for DARPA. What am I?

Google Goggles Translates Pictured Text
   The Goggles application just gained a new feature that could be a big hit in European restaurants.

Google Android Language Rectifier
   Hugo Gernsback wrote about it a century ago; now a major phone platform offers it for free. And it works!

When Do I Get My Language Rectifier?
   Two giant corporations, each with their own approach to the problem, each with vast resources.

Reconfigured Graphene 10X Strong, 5 Percent Dense, As Steel
   '...It was made of Alohydrolium, which is the lightest of all metals.' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Google Translate for iPhone App
   Impressive app for Apple iPHone owners.

NTT DoCoMo Auto Japanese - English Translation
   Close to real time translation service lets you converse in either language.

Universal Translator: Google Translate Has 51 Offline Language Packs
   He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier on his instrument till the pointer rested on 'French.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Skype's Translator Like Gernsback's Language Rectifier
   'He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier on his instrument till the pointer rested on French.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

RocketSkates Motorized Skates
   'In reality they were Tele-motor-coasters.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Rollkers Walking Skates
   'Each had three small, rubber-covered wheels, one in front and two in the rear.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Gherman Titov Youngest To Orbit, First To Be Space Sick
   'For the first time since he left Earth he became space-sick.' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Zoom Adds Real-Time, Live Translation
   'He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier..' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Amazon Automatic Packaging Catches Up With Gernsback's 1911 Book
   'The automatic packing machine could pack anything from a small package a few inches square up to a box two feet high by three feet long.' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Taihang Solar Farm Accurately Pictured In 1911
   'The entire expanse, twenty kilometers square, was covered ... the photo-electric elements which transformed the solar heat direct into electric energy.' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911.

Study Reveals Effect Of Space Travel On The Brain
   '... the brain is no longer subjected to the accustomed pull, and it expands slightly in all directions.' - Hugo Gernsback, 1929.

Moonwalkers AI-Controlled Electric Shoes
   Now that's power walking that Hugo Gernsback would have approved. 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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