Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Waldo
by Robert Heinlein

Still a readable tale; this novella by Heinlein is available in various collected works. Worth reading for the remarkable science (see how people should be working in space) and for the fully realized characters.

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Tmsuk T52 Enryu Support Dragon Hyper Rescue Robot
   Enryu, a telefactoring rescue robot capable of lifting steel girders and tearing the doors off cars, was demonstrated to the press yesterday.

Robonaut Performs Hubble Space Telescope Repair Tasks
   Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid telepresence robot developed by NASA. The intent of the project is to have an "EVA astronaut equivalent" on station in space.

Robonaut Centaur At NextFest 2006
   The remarkable Robonaut telepresence robot is now available in a new form.

Hawking Follows Path Set By Heinlein's Waldo
   Stephen Hawking gets just a bit closer to Waldo's home in space.

Baby's First Tinfoil Hat - MummyWraps With Swiss Shield
   This interesting item for expectant mothers makes humorous reading - let's hope there's nothing to it.

Heinlein's Giant Waldo Comes To Life
   Engineers and scrap metal artists worked hard to bring this enormous robotic hand to life.

Mediseus Surgical Drilling Simuator Remote Haptic Tutor
   This device not only uses force-feedback techniques, it's also usable as a remote device; students and teachers can be on different continents.

Electro-Sensitive People And Lo Teks
   Can Wi-Fi actually harm particular individuals?

Be Master To Robot Slave
   Be the master of your robotic slave and force it to ... play tennis?

RAPUD Robotic Arm Helps Disabled Reach
   Robert Heinlein also thought about robotics for the disabled; we're catching up.

Shape-Shifting Antennas
   Fascinating material science makes Heinlein's magic realism come to life.

Giant Robotic Hand Video
   Yes, the Waldo F. Jones Synchronous Reduplicating Pantograph comes in larger sizes.

WIND Wearable Robot Controller
   Robot wirelessly sense, robot do. Kind of like a full-torso waldo.

PossessedHand Borgs Your Hands To Teach You
   The future of hand learning is now here; let the Machine take control of your hands.

Shape-Changing Metal Antenna
   Once the skin is ruptured, the metal flows extremely quickly in a few milliseconds.

Raytheon Sarcos Exoskeletonized Ditch Witch
   Now I can really take on those backyard chores.

Cellphone Harvests Power From Ambient Radio Signals And Light
   A battery-free phone.

Festo ExoHand Fine Motor Skill Robotic Hand
   'Waldo put his arms into the primary pair before him - all three pairs... came to life.'

'See-Through Prius' Demoed in Japan
   You'll think you're driving a glass car!

Calligraphy Robot Preserves An Ancient Skill
   '...the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.'- Robert Heinlein, 1942

CAPIO Exoskeleton Controls AILA Robot
   'Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the... waldoes... followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.'- Robert Heinlein, 1942.

Focus Life Gear Protects From Virtual World
   'Stooping, he peeled off thick overtrousers as massive as the coat.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941.

Haptic Gloves Teach Braille Without Effort
   'Jenkins bit his lip... [at] the sensation of having his fingers manipulated by the gauntlets he wore.'- Robert Heinlein, 1942.

Touch Typing Taught Haptically DIY-style
   'He then started hand movements of definite pattern...'

Squad X Core Technologies For Infantry
   'You can flip through your several types of radar displays quicker than you can change channels to avoid a commercial...'- Robert Heinlein, 1959.

Smart Glove Controls 3D Printed Robotic Arm (Waldo!)
   'Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the... waldoes... followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.'- Robert Heinlein, 1942.

Untethered Drone Gets Wireless Power
   'We'll use my 'broomstick'.' - Robert Heinlein, 1942.

Jeff Bezos Tries Waldoes (Robotic Hands)
   'Waldo put his arms into the primary pair before him...' - Robert Heinlein, 1942.

NASA 'Broomstick' Recalls SciFi Ideas
   'The appearance was enough like a giant witch's broom to justify the nickname.' - Robert Heinlein, 1942.

Heinlein And Russian Quail In Orbit
   'No earth-hatched bird can learn to fly in that fashion...' - Robert Heinlein, 1942.

Ingenious Engineer Creates DIY Feeding Robot
   'Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.' - Robert Heinlein, 1942.

NAVER Labs Haptic Device 2.0 Robot vs. IKEA
   '... the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.' - Robert Heinlein, 1942.

'Parastronaut' First Astronaut With Disability From ESA (Updated!)
   'He had left Earth to get away from its gravitational field...' - Robert Heinlein, 1942.

Megachurches Catch Up To Heinlein
   'Mars,' the kid repeated, threw Boone a Scout salute and made a sixty-foot leap over the crowd. - Robert Heinlein, 1961. 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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