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Robot Vacuums Need Personalities!
Roomba, meet Marvin the Robot from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (re: Douglas Adams)

Sound Charge T-Shirt Uses Sound Energy
Now, noisy streets and loud clubs are just what you need - to recharge your phone. (re: Murray Leinster)

D-Dalus Aircraft Has Contra-Rotating Cylindrical Turbines
The aircraft can move in any direction, or hover, or glue itself to the deck of a ship upon landing. (re: Victor Appleton II)

Lytro Living Pictures Camera Revolution
Astonishing consumer light-field camera will be available later this year in a point and shoot model. (re: Ridley Scott)

Memory Implant Records And Plays Back
This device is being tested in rats, but may be coming to a human brain near you. (re: Lois McMaster Bujold)

Robotic Lawn Mower Competition Won By CWRU Cutters
Ah, the smell of freshly mown grass - and well-oiled robots! (re: Clifford Simak)

Kilobot Robot Swarm
Someday, we'll find robots organized like this underfoot. (re: Ray Bradbury)

Is Aimi Eguchi Real or Virtual? Updated!
Japanese audiences are puzzled; is she an idoru? (re: William Gibson)

Insomnia? Try Cooling Your Brain
Insomnia can be very difficult to treat; this idea may provide a non-prescription answer. (re: Larry Niven)

Spherical Flying Robot Hovers, Flies At 40 MPH
This flying spherical robot is highly maneuverable, indoors and out. (re: Larry Niven)

Genetically Engineered Cell Is A Living Laser
This cell can emit tiny short pulses of laser light. (re: David Brin)

BBC's iPhone App For Field Reporters
The BBC is adapting the iPhone for their own journalistic purposes. (re: Larry Niven)

Robot Roommates Shop For, Prepare Breakfast
Bavarian sausage lovers, your breakfast is almost ready! (re: Anthony Boucher)

Invisibility Cloaks Get Bigger
Now you see it; full-size invisibility cloaks are almost within our grasp. (re: Ray Cummings)

Biomaterial Mimics Human Tissue
Feel comfortable in your new skin. (re: Frank Herbert)

Voyagers Now In the Heliosheath
NASA reports new phenomena at the edge of the solar system. (re: Samuel R. Delany)

Russian ATM Knows When You Lie
This ATM knows more about you than you might think; oh, and be sure to stick to the truth. (re: William Gibson)

ZionEyez HD Camera Glasses
In case you were wondering what those Flip video camera engineers have been up to lately. (re: David Brin)

'Cambridge Crude' Semi-Solid Flow Cell Battery
This could change the way we recharge our electric cars - from -plug in- back to -fill'er up!- (re: Various)

Sega Wappy Dog Robot Puppy
Does your dog have 350 different responses? This dog does. (re: Various)

Artificial Microbrain Memory Cells
What would you do with additional brain cells? (re: Peter Watts)

Gas Mining on Uranus
Some ideas are just too good to waste. (re: George Lucas)

CyberWar May Require Military Response
Cyber attacks may lead to combat. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Origami Phone Like Ultraviolet
This lightweight, foldable phone concept might come to a kiosk near you. (re: Various)

Newstweek Notification Distorter
This small device allows the hacker to subtly distort web page information. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Dynamic Cloth Folding By High-Speed Multifingered Hands
Robots flip-fold a towel almost as well as you can. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Google Wallet Makes Your Phone Your Wallet
Tap to pay by Mastercard or Google Prepaid Card. (re: Frederik Pohl)

Adelopod Amphibious Tumbling Robot
Wabblers, start your engines, (re: Murray Leinster)

Amazon Sells More E-Books Than Books
Truly mind-boggling development at Amazon. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Self-Healing Chair(bot)
Perfect for dorm rooms, and other hazardous environments. (re: Various)

Sony Flexible Color E-Paper
SF writers love the idea of e-paper. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Somnus Sleep Shirt - Sweet Dreams
Get your REM on. (re: Rudy Rucker)

China's Weather Modification Office
Engineering the rain with artillery. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Lingodroid Robots Invent Spoken Language
Robots can communicate quite well with each other, creating their own words as they go. (re: George Lucas)

Google IO Cloud Robotics With PR2 Robot From Willow Garage
No need to worry about the processing power of your robot, when it can connect to the cloud. (re: Harry Harrison)

Rolling Robot's Helicopter Transformation
It's sort of like Kipling's Marine... (re: Philip K. Dick)

TellApart Ads Follow You On The Web
Can a computer predict that you will be a customer, justifying its pursuit of you across the web? (re: William Gibson)

Pneuborn Infant Robots
Baby bots are cute; but do they grow up fast? (re: Brian Aldiss)

Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. iPad 2 vs. Clarke's Newspad
What a world we live in; science-fictional devices are readily available. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

'Schizophrenic' Computer Aids Researchers
In which a computer is afflicted, with human brain research the beneficiary. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Kiss Transmission Device Latest In Electro-Communication
Actually, based on the video, I'd have to call it a 'French kissing' device. (re: Frederik Pohl)

PaperPhone Uses Bend Gestures
Fascinating prototype uses a unique gestural interface. (re: William Gibson)

Secret Silent Stealth Helicopter
High tech used in the raid on bin Laden's compound. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Directing Microrobot Swarms
All the robots you can fit on the head of a pin. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

What Retinal Implants May Not Replace
'Such eyes are metal and he is flesh ...such a union must be sinful' according to the Fremen. (re: Frank Herbert)

Autonomous Cars In Nevada?
'A person is not required to actively drive an autonomous vehicle.' (re: Robert Heinlein)

Memory Erasure Thanks To Snails
Is it possible to erase individual memories? This research may give the answer. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Denise, Your Virtual Assistant
Remarkable software gives you access to the virtual person you've been looking For. (re: Robert Heinlein)

SpaceX Dragon To Land On Any Planet
A space craft should be able to 'land on its fins' and take off again, don't you think? (re: Robert Heinlein)

DustBot Video Shows Robotic Future Of Trash
This robot is ready to help clean up the planet, one household's recyclables at a time. (re: Harry Harrison)

'Warning Signs' T-Shirt Is CO2 Detector
Why not let others see your concerns? (re: Rudy Rucker)

Fog Harvesting For Fresh Water
Like water off your back - if you're a Namib beetle (re: Frank Herbert)

Phage-Assisted Continuous Evolution
Clever humans create 'directed evolution. (re: Theodore Sturgeon)

Carbon Nanotube Synapse Circuit Like Human Neuron
Could scientists build a synthetic brain? (re: Isaac Asimov)

Graphene Paper 10x Stronger Than Steel
This new material is paper-thin and super-strong. (re: Jules Verne)

Lifelike Robotic Fingers For Social Touching
These new devices will allow people with prosthetic hands and arms to interact socially in ways that most of us haven't thought about. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Look Forward: IRS 'Pre-Audit' Would Predict Tax Cheating
'All day long the idiots babbled, imprisoned in their special high-backed chairs.' No, wait. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Blood Flow Simulation Detailed By Supercomputer
'Previous computer models haven't been able to accurately account for, say, the motion of the blood cells bending or buckling as they ricochet off the walls.' (re: Various)

Grow An Eyeball In A Dish?
Maybe cells know more than we think. (re: Ridley Scott)

Head-Coupled Perspective For iPad 2
Pretty nifty demo video shows how even the iPad 2 can create 3D images. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Aliens May Live In Black Holes
'An existence domain for the third kind of orbits is rather spacious.' (re: Frederik Pohl)

PocketCop Data Warehouse From Verizon
Bringing police work into the 21st century. (re: Charles Stross)

ACTUV Game From DARPA Seeks Ender Wiggin
Gamers! your talents are needed by your friends at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. (re: Orson Scott Card)

KMR-M6 Hexapod Robot
Take a look at the video to see how quick this six-legged robot really is. (re: Michael Crichton)

Location History Dashboard By Google
Make a map of your steps and check the statistics. (re: Jack Williamson)

iPet Companion Provides Remote Kitteh Interaction
Will your company require you to play with kittens on sanity breaks? (re: Philip K. Dick)

CSAIL Gets $7.5M To Develop Bird-Like UAV
The skies will one day be filled with them. (re: Greg Bear)

China Bans Time Travel-Based TV Shows
China's General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television has a problem with 'made up' stories. (re: Various)

StunRay Paralyzes With Light
This weapon has been around in different forms in sf for quite a while. (re: Michael Crichton)

'Police POV' Uses On-Officer Cameras
Check out this new police reality television show; it uses technology introduced decades ago by sf writers and movie makers. (re: David Brin)

Thanks For Being Open Apple, Amazon, Barnes And Noble
In which the author, a modern-day consumer, has a better-than-sfnal experience in shopping for a book. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Nanogenerator Intros New Energy Unit - The Pinch
Just the thing for the stillsuits of the future. (re: Frank Herbert)

Thermal Ligating System Welds Soft Tissue
This device seals and cuts soft tissue in one stroke. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

SmartBird Robotic Bird In Flight
Remarkable biomimetic robot from the Festo corporation (not Tyrell). (re: Philip K. Dick)

Bulletproof Human Skin
This unique art project might actually work. (re: Various)

Through The Crust, Into the Mantle
What's your favorite story of a visit to the interior of the Earth? (re: Lincoln Child)

Google And The Psychohistorians
'A further necessary assumption is that the human conglomerate be itself unaware of psychohistoric analysis...' (re: Isaac Asimov)

Is China Altering Web Traffic?
SF fans were prompted to think about this a generation ago. (re: Frank Herbert)

Artificial Muscles Power A Motor
I'm pretty sure I read about this idea in the Sixties. (re: Martin Caidin)

Quick-Charging Batteries Needed For Vehicles
3D films made by coating a surface with self-assembled nanoscale spheres may hold the answer to fast 'fill-ups' at vehicle recharging stations. (re: Philip Jose Farmer)

Voice Stress Detection In Emergency Callers
Take two stress pills and call me in the morning. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Reprogrammed Microbe Makes Butanol From Cellulose
Clostridium cellulolyticum likes chewing on biomass but does not normally make butanol. Now it does! (re: Hal Clement)

Take Control Of Cars Wirelessly
You think you have complete control over your car - but for how long? (re: Keith Laumer)

Active Electrostatic Radiation Shielding For Space Craft
You're going to need a shield out there; better get started. (re: John W. Campbell)

Prospero, Robotic Farmer
Fascinating new approach to the idea of mechanized agriculture. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Meal Assistance Robot Feeds You
'Please robot... I want some more.' Reader help is requested. (re: Various)

This Species Has Seven Sexes
Its seven sexes are rather prosaically named I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII. (re: William Tenn)

Single Atom Quantum Memory
Store the qubit from a polarised photon in a single atom of rubidium (re: Robert Heinlein)

Building The World Wide Mind
The mind in the cloud? This concept is explored in a new book. (re: Niven and Purnelle)

Your Computer Therapist Will See You Now
Computers are more helpful than ever. (re: James Blish)

Real-Life Fantastic Voyage
Remarkable research and development efforts let us see inside the living cell better than ever before. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Police Sketch Artist Database Software
Bringing a new technological twist to difficult human art. (re: Michael Crichton)

Self-Charging Nao Robot Video
Nao learns to self-charge; I like the way he chills out while waiting for a full charge, too. (re: Stephen Barr)

Fracking Gas Companies Suspend Operations
Let's not tell DARPA about the 'terrain deformation' possibility. (re: Various)

Legal 'e-Discovery' Software Replaces Lawyers
Your virtual counsel will see you now. (re: David Brin)

Microcamera Big As Grain Of Salt
New manufacturing process yields tiny cameras no larger than a coarse grain of salt. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Cloned Pets For $150,000
If you had the chance, would you bring your pet back from the dead? (re: Aldous Huxley)

Google Cars Drive Faster, Safer Than You
This car reminds me of a predatory automobile from a recent story. (re: Daniel Suarez)

India To Issue One Million Aadhaar Biometric IDs Per Day
Soon, every unique citizen in India will also have a unique, government-issued biometric identification card. (re: Robert Heinlein)

LOPES Robotic Exoskeleton Assists Stroke Victims
This robotic exoskeleton is designed to both assist and assess stroke victims as they walk back from their illness. (re: Fritz Lieber)

Liquid Lens For Optical Coherence Microscopy
New device may make surgical removal and biopsy of small, possibly cancerous lesions obsolete. (re: Gene Roddenbaerry)

Cheetah Robot Will Run Faster Than Humans
I'd like to see a robot running at full speed for a cheetah, about sixty miles per hour. (re: William Gibson)

First Millimeter-Scale Computer System
Tiny wireless networks and implantable glaucoma eye pressure monitors are just two possible applications. (re: Various)

New Robot Skin Is Flexible, Sensitive, Solar-Powered
It's not just robots who will need super-sensitive skin. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Dr. Watson Will See You Soon
Will Watson be the right computer to crack one of the intractable problems in medicine - namely, the failure of expert systems to assist or augment doctors. (re: Gene Roddenbaerry)

Computational Photography: Image Of The Future
This remarkable idea will change the way you see photography. (re: Ridley Scott)

Audi Robot Yearns For An Upgrade
Will the social robots of the future share their anxieties and their yearning for upgrades? (re: Philip K. Dick)

The Interplanetary Internet
This idea is going to get off the ground sooner or later - Vint Cerf thinks sooner would be better. (re: George O. Smith)

Robotic Hummingbird Spy
This tiny prototype weighs just 19 grams and has its own onboard video camera. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Sysbrain Lets Satellites Think For Themselves
This 'special breed of software agents' is intended to give the satellites circling over your head a bit more autonomy. (re: George Lucas)

Anti-Laser Is A Coherent Perfect Absorber
This device, which as of now has no practical applications, can absorb laser light perfectly. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Robot Learns To Clean Whiteboard, Suck Up To Teacher
What else can you teach this robot by example? I have the feeling that cleaning whiteboards is just the beginning. (re: Anthony Boucher)

Solowheel Self-Balancing Unicycle
I'm not sure if this is the future of transportation, but you can carry it easier than a Segway. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Technovelgy Has 2,000 SF Inventions, Ideas and Technologies
That's a lot of science fiction technology, ideas and inventions. (re: Various)

Motorika Robot Therapy Helps Stroke Patients
This robotic therapy device has demonstrated efficacy in assisting stroke victims in recovering much of their lost mobility. (re: A.E. van Vogt)

Videochat Robot: DIY Telepresence Robot
Another great project from Mr. Chung, this one lets you be in two places at once for just $500. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Inspired By Science Fiction?
Readers, I need your help! (re: Various)

Robots Are Social Media, The TED Video
Fascinating TED video talk on social robots; links also to some of these robots covered on Technovelgy, with more information and video. (re: George Lucas)

Bio-Retina Retina Prosthesis Project
This is a very promising design; the second gen device could offer 72x72 pixel vision almost immediately. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

RhinoChill IntraNasal Cooling
Cools your head down fast! Farscape fans, this one's for you. (re: Various)

Nanowire Transistors For Smallest Computers
I can see the nanomachine swarm coming now. No, wait, I can't see it. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Insectothopter Robotic Dragonfly CIA Tech From 1970s
See the video; this is pretty amazing for the 1970's. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Steppenwolf: Interstellar Rogue Planets May Support Life
'Like a lone wolf wandering the galactic steppe' rogue planets could harbor life in deep oceans. (re: George RR Martin)

Affetto Child Robot With Realistic Facial Expressions
Is this little robot cute and friendly - or uncanny? You be the judge. (re: Brian Aldiss)

Confession App For iPhone Catholic Church Approved
This app does everything but give you absolution. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Google Translate for iPhone App
Impressive app for Apple iPHone owners. (re: Hugo Gernsback)

Cougar20-H Robot Hears Your Breathing
Just hold your breath to avoid detection. (re: Frank Herbert)

Biocompatible Retinal Implants
Are organic implants better than silicon and metal electrodes? (re: Ridley Scott)

Geremin Gesture-Controlled Dashboard
Better than buttons on the steering wheel? You be the judge. (re: Douglas Adams)

HP TouchSmart 610 Reclining Touchscreen
The bridge crew from Star Trek: TOS will have no problem recognizing this kind of computer display. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Hamster Powers, Controls Strandbeest Walking Robot
This project is good practice for humanity, who may someday be able to help aliens get around in strange environments (like Earth). (re: Vernor Vinge)

'My Boss Is A Robot' Project Automates Journalism
The end of the free blogging movement is almost here; your robotic overlord is being developed at Carnegie Mellon. (re: William Gibson)

RoboEarth Lets Robots Learn From Each Other
To better serve us, we must allow robots to communicate the best practices of service with each other. (re: Frederik Pohl)

LifeBot Tablet In-Ambulance Computer
This all-in-one medical tablet computer can be used by ambulance personnel and first responders to save lives. (re: Various)

Active Stereo Nose Finds The Source
Another biomimetic robot, this one imitates dogs and crayfish to find sources of chemical clouds and plumes. (re: Ray Bradbury)

Self-Cleaning SilverSport Gym Gear Uses Nanosilver
Stinky gym gear now a thing of the past? (re: Neal Stephenson)

'The Daily' iPad App Is A Padloid
Slick, understandable user interface, lots of content and (finally) an aggressive price model makes this app worth a look. (re: John Varley)

Skin Cell Gun Video
Amazing confirmation of the value of Dr. Gerlach's technique - and Philip K. Dick's vision of the future. (re: Philip K. Dick)

True 3D Real-Time Holography
'Help me, Michael Bove. You're my only hope.' (re: )

Grow Cultured Meat In A 'Carnery'
It takes from 3 to 8 pounds of nutrient to create just one pound of meat; we can do better. (re: H. Beam Piper)

Thinnest Pocket Projector
These tiny projectors will one day be a standard item in every smartphone. (re: )

Robotic Lettuce Farm Has Green Thumb
Automated farms take most of the back-breaking work out of growing lettuce. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Driver Alcohol Detection Systems for Safety By QinetiQ (And PKD)
Unfortunately, we cannot simply recline in the back seat and let the 'auto-auto mech' drive the car. (re: Philip K. Dick)

'Medical Tricorder' Sees Viral DNA Quickly
This device could reduce the usual days-long process to wait for culture results with a specific diagnosis within minutes. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

'Air Laser' Long-Range Sensor
The stronger signal should also allow for detection of much smaller concentrations of airborne contaminants. (re: Gene Roddenbaerry)

Egypt Drops Dime, Pulls Plug On Internet
The government of Egypt made a few phone calls and poof! Its citizens have no Internet access - and we have no access into the country from outside. (re: John Brunner)

China's Megacity 'Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One'
Even larger urban zones are planned. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Cultybraggan Nuclear Bunker Perfect For Data Crypt
Perfect for 'secure, anonymous, unregulated data storage.' (re: Bruce Sterling)

Ikaros Solar Sail Craft Photo Of Venus
Impressive proof of the value of solar sail-powered vessels. (re: Cordwainer Smith)

DLR Robotic Hand-Arm Is Super-Strong, Super-Tough
Take a look at a video of this robotic hand/arm system taking a beating from well-meaning researchers at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in Germany. (re: Robert Heinlein)

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