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Hopping Robot Stutter-Jumping Saves Power
'Hoppers are probably the most grotesque forms of transportation ever invented.'- Isaac Asimov, 1954. (re: Isaac Asimov)

SF Unleashes Your Inner Asimov, Reading Or Writing
Were you inspired by science fiction to create something? (re: )

Spraytect Self-Defense iPhone Case
'... the joymaker in his hand hissed and sprayed him with something...'-Frederik Pohl, 1965 (re: Frederik Pohl)

LG 84-inch Ultra HD TV
'But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlor?'- Ray Bradbury, 1953 (re: Ray Bradbury)

RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge Is ON!
' tanker rolled on the peculiar flex-wheels which had proved one of the best all-purpose ways of getting around on the Moon.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968 (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Pet-Proto Robot Video Stops Bad Terminator Dreams
Not quite relentless pursuit. (re: Frederic Pohl)

Europe's Cheops To Look For Habitable Planets
'I was near enough it now to set my automatic astronomical instruments to searching it for a habitable planet.'- Edmond Hamilton, 1936. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

MIT's New Super Slippery Surface
'The water flowed off those walls without binding tension...' - Frank Herbert, 1965. (re: Frank Herbert)

The Plastic Eaters - Amazon Fungus Lives On Plastic
'the smell of the rotting plastic began to hang permanently in the air...'- Davis/Pedlar, 1971 (re: Michael Crichton)

The Ultimate Wrist Watch Pip-Boy-style
'Mark brushed back ... his upper garment and pressed several buttons on the wide bracelet he wore upon his left wrist... '- Roger Zelazny, 1980. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Boy Banned From School For Bad Genes
'... the Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled...'- Aldous Huxley, 1932. (re: Andrew Niccol)

Private Space Flight At 'Inflection Point'
'The travelers could therefore quit their prison at pleasure, as soon as they should reach the moon.'- Jules Verne, 1867. (re: Jules Verne)

Seeing the High Energy Sky
Dramatic videos show how ESA's Integral helps us see the universe in a whole new light. (re: Various)

Measuring Awareness In Comatose Patients
'...he pressed a portable protophason amplifier ... tuned it, listened at the proper frequency for indication of cephalic activity.'-Philip K. Dick, 1969. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Lettuce-Bot Weed-Killing Robot Funded
A new alternative to labor-intensive farming techniques. (re: Michael Crichton)

Could Young Blood Stop Alzheimer's?
'...the blood gets so clogged with the poisons that the scavenging process doesn’t take place properly.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Global Crowd Intelligence Needs Your Help
'... while nobody knows what's going on around here, everybody knows what's going on around here.'- John Brunner, 1975. (re: John Brunner)

Tony Stark's Transparent Phone Possible With Graphene?
A nearly unbreakable smartphone - based on graphene. (re: Various)

NASA's X1 Robotic Exoskeleton For Astronauts
'Earth's scientists solved the problem to some extent by devising rigid metallic clothing...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1932. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Red Bull Stratos' Freefall From 24 Miles High
'He gasped as the air rushed out into near-vacuum...'- EE 'Doc' Smith, 1934. (re: EE 'Doc' Smith)

3D Printing: The End Of Global Supply Chains?
'Nanofax AG offers a technology that digitally reproduces objects, physically, at a distance.'- William Gibson, 1999. (re: Philip K. Dick)

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

Who First Suggested Terraforming Venus First?
'In five hundred years, all of Venus might be paradise.'- Poul Anderson, 1955. (re: Poul Anderson)

SpaceX Dragon First Private Craft To Dock With ISS
'Why, the ship wasn't a proper deep-space craft at all.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Smart Bra From First Warning Systems
'...a delicate current is sent ... to an amplifier and a certain sound is made, and the nurse will properly react...'- David H. Keller, 1928. (re: David H. Keller)

'See-Through Prius' Demoed in Japan
You'll think you're driving a glass car! (re: Robert Heinlein)

'Edgy' Grip User Interface For Smartphones
'The congressman took out his pocket computer, nudged the milled edges twice, looked at its face...'- Isaac Asimov, 1958. (re: Isaac Asimov)

The Most Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit
'The earliest biologic strings had been inserted into E. coli bacteria as circular plasmids...'- Greg Bear, 1984. (re: Greg Bear)

Detroit's Urban Agriculture Ordinance
'The survivors tore up the metal plating and sold it... for seed and cattle.'-Isaac Asimov, 1951. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Space Debris Cleanup - Use Harpoons Or Gas Clouds?
'...satellites of all shapes and sizes... had been accumulating in Earth orbit... Now it had to be located, and somehow disposed of.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Do Swiss Roboticists Dream Of Electric Sheep?
'He ascended … to the covered pasture whereon his electric sheep grazed.'- Philip K. Dick, 1968. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Robot Fabricates Endless Tools For Itself (Updated)
'It extrudes material like a spider...'- Charles Sheffield, 1979. (re: Charles Sheffield)

Roboroach Slalom Steering Video
'A cable, here, from the controller to the interface plug... wires from that to the brain.'- Thomas A. Easton, 1990. (re: Thomas A. Easton)

Store Extra Energy In Liquid Air
Off-peak energy storage just got another storage option. (re: Various)

Robot Snakes On A Plane!
'in operation it is not unlike the common earthworm.'- Harry Harrison, 1962. (re: Emmett McDowell)

Asteroid Miners Wanted!
'We must dig down, and then doubtless we shall find the metal.'- Garrett P. Serviss, 1898. (re: Garrett P. Serviss)

The Robotic Shopping Cart Of The Future
'...the machine would carry his bag in its soft plastic jaws and follow him as faithfully as a well-trained hound.'- John Brunner, 1975. (re: John Brunner)

Army Seizure Ray Inspired By Pikachu (Updated)
A deliberately-induced epileptic seizure. (re: John Varley)

Self-Driving Cars Ready To Buy In 5 Years Says Sergey Brin
Your autonomous car will drive itself off the lot by 2017! (re: Robert Heinlein)

Beam Yourself To Distant Places
'If he sent out two or three of the small tele-operated devices... Rand could effectively be in several places at once...' - Niven and Pournelle, 1981. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Seven Inflatable Space Structures From Science Fiction (Updated)
'In another minute John Endlich and his wife were setting up an airtight tent...' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Baxter Robot Learns From Fellow Workers
''My whole idea is to get away from a machine with a set of prearranged instructions...' - Stephen Barr, 1960. (re: Stephen Barr)

Hitachi Quartz Glass Memory Lasts Forever
'The books were crystals with recorded contents.'- Stanislaw Lem, 1961. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

What Price Warp Drive?
'Every atom of ship... was driven around space... by a direct reaction against the space warp itself.' - Jack Williamson, 1936. (re: Jack Williamson)

Arctic Resource Jackpot An Old Wish
By inducing climate change, new resources are revealed. (re: Jules Verne)

Toyota's Human Support Robot - Your Robot Butler
'Her idea of what a butler-valet combo should look like - sort of in the ancient English tradition...' - William Tenn, 1951. (re: William Tenn)

Lunar Supercomputer Complex
'When Mike was installed in Luna, he was pure thinkum, a flexible logic... a HOLMES FOUR.' - Robert Heinlein, 1966 (re: Robert Heinlein)

BIOSwimmer Robotic Tuna To Patrol Homeland
'The Mitsubishi turbot wriggled, as if alive.' - Michael Swanwick, 2002. (re: Michael Swanwick)

Building A Better Space Suit - The Biosuit
'I had stepped outside the car with Lord Kelvin, both of us, of course, wearing our air-tight suits.' - Randall P. Serviss, 1898 (re: Randall P. Serviss)

The Human Brain - Chemically Fixed And Embedded In Plastic
'Burial is barbaric... [a] remnant of the primitive origins of our culture' - Philip K. Dick, 1969. (re: Cordwainer Smith)

Glowing LumiLor-Coated Cycles From Sith CycleWerks
Electroluminescent paint for your motorcycle. (re: Richard Morgan)

Cryonics Movement Loses Founder (Temporarily)
'Pay for suspended animation while medical science caught up with what was wrong with him...' - Robert Heinlein, 1956 (re: Larry Niven)

DARPA Seeks Science-Fictional Materials
'A metal that was apparently as light as cork and stronger than steel...' - Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1929. (re: Edgar Rice Burroughs)

Winbot Scrubs Your Windows
'There were the window cleaners... who were apparently polishing their way...' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1972 (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

DARPA LS3 Robot Pack Animal Video
'He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs...' - Anthony Boucher, 1951. (re: Anthony Boucher)

Microsoft Patents Immersive Display
'Almost every home had its dimensino room...' - Clifford Simak, 1961. (re: Clifford Simak)

'Spray-On Skin' Heals Leg Ulcers
'...she helped the doctor spray on surrogate skin.' - Robert Heinlein, 1951 (re: Robert Heinlein)

Ten SF Houses Of The Future
Ten science fiction classics from ten science fiction authors. (re: Various)

Read My Lips - Computer Interprets Human Emotion
Soon, the emotion chip. (re: Various)

NASA's Robotic Rover Drivers
'Helmuth, after all, was not on Jupiter - though that was becoming harder and harder for him to bear in mind.' (re: James Blish)

Needle Beam Propagates Without Spreading
'Direct needlecast from here into a shielded stack...' (re: Richard Morgan)

Harvey The Agricultural Robot
Introducing the Harvest Vehicle HV-100. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Cheetah Robot Passes 28 MPH (Video)
'The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah's...' (re: William Gibson)

Rat Dreams Manipulated By Scientists
'Render freed his arm and lifted off his crown of Medusa-hair leads and microminiature circuitry...' (re: Roger Zelazny)

Syrians Ask For Help From Mars
'...enormous figures, drawn in characters of reflecting luminosity...' (re: Jules Verne)

Pre-Bionic Eye Implants Down Under
The Six Million Dollar Man is coming! (re: Various)

Noodle-Shaving Robot Army Invades China
'One of these gorgeous eating places where we were served entirely by mechanical apparatus...' (re: Anthony Boucher)

SketRobo Robot Sketches Anything!
Robots can draw now. (re: Various)

How Smart Should Artificial Intelligences Get?
'...The real smart ones are as smart as the Turing heat lets them get...' (re: William Gibson)

Kinect@home Needs Your Help Identifying Objects
'... whenever a robot finds something it can't identify straight off... it puts whatever it is in the hopper outside your window.' (re: Amitav Ghosh)

RoboDoc Friendly Robot Pulse-Taker
A child-friendly Photoplethysmograph. (re: Michael Crichton)

Arizona Solar Updraft Tower By 2015
'And eventually, an hour later, it reached its glorious one thousand feet of height.' (re: Leigh and Walt Richmond)

Hover Bike Like Star Wars Landspeeder - With Video!
This could be the speeder you're looking for. (re: George Lucas)

Honda's Miimo Robotic Lawn Mower On Sale
'The mower reached the edge of the lawn, clucked to itself like a contented hen...' (re: Clifford Simak)

Cyborg Tissues Combine Transistors and Cells
'Nat Flieger reflexively poured water into a cup and fed the living protoplasm incorporated into the Ampek F-a2 recording system...' (re: Philip K. Dick)

Glove Tricorder Improves Physical Exams (Updated!)
It allows for data from the physical exam to be a component of automated diagnosis. (re: Various)

Google Self-Driving Car Now Commuter-Ready
'The car slid up the ramp... then joined the high-speed northbound stream. Mary Risling settled back for a little nap...' (re: Robert Heinlein)

DARPA M3 Soft Camo Robots
'Monique's tissues had at least three other basic attractor modes... [like] the spread-out "puddle" shape...' (re: Rudy Rucker)

Palm Scanners - Quick Lunch Or Mark Of The Beast
'Bad cootie factor with those palm-scan things.' (re: William Gibson)

The Library Of The Future
'A Filer is an amazingly intelligent robot and there aren't many being manufactured.' (re: Harry Harrison)

Mini Ion Thrusters To Push Tiny Satellites
Perfect for pushing your cubesat around. (re: Murray Leinster)

Double Robotics iPad-Based Telepresence Robot
'Rand could effectively be in several places at once...' (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Trinity Chapel Offers Giving Kiosk
'A holy blue light filled the interior of the machine...' (re: Roger Zelazny)

DNA As An Archival Storage System
Four grams of DNA theoretically could store the digital data humankind creates in one year. Library of Congress, take note. (re: Barbara Hambly)

Meshworm Inches Toward You (Thanks, Harry Harrison)
' operation it is not unlike the common earthworm.' (re: Harry Harrison)

I Want A Curiosity Rover Sky Crane!
'The observation vehicle was of that peculiar variety used in conveying a large number of people across rough terrain.' (re: Jack Vance)

Podtime Sleeping Pod Like Niven's Napcap
'The lid lifted and she crawled inside... The inside received her as a womb.' (re: Niven/Barnes)

CompanionAble Project's Companion Robot Hector
'Beside her moved a gleaming robant...' (re: Philip K. Dick)

Artificial Jellyfish Swims On Its Own
'It was a chemotactic artificial jellyfish designed to slither into undersea vents...' (re: Rucker/Sterling)

Cocoagraph Edible Photos Like Spatial-Postal Cards
'Before Bill's startled gaze... the card was starting to swell.' (re: Harry Harrison)

USC's Project Holodeck
Soon, a hologrid with omnidirectional holographic diodes! (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Galaxy Beam Smartphone Projector
"Ifness drew from his pocket a tube of dull black metal an inch in diameter, four inches long." (re: Jack Vance)

iWalk BiOM Power Foot
Walk naturally, bionic men. (re: Martin Caidin)

3D Printed Exoskeleton Uplifts Little Girl
This remarkable story shows that 3D printer technology is just getting started. (re: Fritz Leiber)

Japan's Android Robot Restaurant
Giant fembots wait to entertain you. (re: George Lucas)

'Invisible' Bicycle Helmet
Would go well with your airbag jacket. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Laser Lofts UAV for Two Day Flight
Based on an idea from a physicist and science fiction writer in the 1960's. (re: Niven/Pournelle)

Hacker Creates Augmented Reality Anime Girlfriend
'She is Tei Toei. She is ... a congeries of software agents.' (re: William Gibson)

These Robot Legs Are Made For, Well, Walking
Even replicates human neural networks. (re: James Cameron)

Mahoro Two-Armed Lab Robot
'...He realized that the moving thing inside was - of course - a robot.' (re: James Blish)

PredPol Crime-Prediction A Hit In L.A.
'All day long the idiots babbled...' (re: Philip K. Dick)

What Camouflage Pattern Is Best?
If you can't see it, you're making progress. (re: George R.R. Martin)

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

Google's Compute Engine Is Sfnally Large
'...Twenty-five thousand electronic brains were set up in intricate series.' (re: AE van Vogt)

Ford Smart Car Stops Your Texting
'Okay,' he said, feeling humiliated. Maybe the car was right... (re: Philip K. Dick)

Gideon eBibles And Frank Herbert's OC Bible
The Gideons are surprising liberal in their approach, btw. (re: Frank Herbert)

Google Wallet Like Pohl's Joymaker Credit Card
You must know the institutional designation and account spectrum ... (re: Frederik Pohl)

Google's Voice Recognition Sweet In Jelly Bean
'...Translating most normal variations of voice, idiom, accent... into the mathematical expressions on which the computers operate.' (re: Frederik Pohl)

Google Glass: The Next Big Platform?
Will you be buying these in 2014? (re: Charles Stross)

Spray-On Lithium Ion Battery
'...the five-year battery-plate contained within the back cover of the mag.' (re: Philip K. Dick)

Hydrolemic Systems Prepares For Water Shortages
'...Living on reclaimed moisture from his own breath and body.' (re: Frank Herbert)

Inject Oxygen Into The Bloodstream Like Star Trek Triox
Dr. McCoy had this in his medical bag. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

'Mind Uploading' Issue Now Downloadable
'The estimated duration of this model is five hundred thousand years...' (re: Richard Morgan)

Penguin E-Books For Libraries
Read about it on your iPad. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Space Command Is In Your Hands
A most congenial project for Technovelgy readers. (re: Various)

Archeo-Robot Scans Ancient Roman Sewers
Great video of the 'cloaca maxima'. (re: Ridley Scott)

Eole Water Turbine Like Star Wars Vaporator
'The atmosphere yielded its moisture with reluctance.' (re: George Lucas)

BioTac Robot's Finger More Sensitive Than Yours
'We have at last found a way to link computer circuitry with synthetic flesh...' (re: Ray Cumings)

$99 Lidar Plus UAV Equals Prometheus Mapping Device
Sounds like a fun way to map indoor spaces. (re: Ridley Scott)

China Carries Out Automated Space Docking
China's space capabilities continue to evolve. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

'Arc Reactor'-Inspired Energy Source
Tony Stark would just build one! (re: Stan Lee)

Eyedox Genetic Test To Exclude Color Blind
Imagine a future in which employment is restricted based on genetic testing. (re: Andrew Niccol)

NASA Plans Autonomous Robots To Explore Planets
First step toward... Imperial Probe Droids? (re: George Lucas)

Robots Learn Language Via Random Syllabic Babble
'...let them teach themselves by trial and error.' (re: Stephen Barr)

Elvis And Jimi To Return Hologramatically?
The Return of the King. (re: Various)

Real-Time Avatars Mirror Your Expression
'These people are pieces of software called avatars.' (re: Neal Stephenson)

Self-Healing Materials - Microencapsulated or Microvascular
'An inter-skin layer of gum that could seal the punctures...' (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Together Anywhere, Together Anytime
The telephote! Here is another great triumph of modern science. (re: Jules Verne)

Joggobot Shadows Your Steps
Like stick-tights. (re: Various)

Artificial Noses For Disease Diagnostics
'...Set the ticking combinations of the olfactory system of the hound...' (re: Ray Bradbury)

Transcontinental Flight By Solar-Powered Plane
'...Placed in the wings of a plane to generate power from the light falling on that surface...' (re: John W. Campbell)

Non-Mechanical Bubble Microbots
Cooperative Micromanipulation Using Optically Controlled Bubble Microrobots (re: Isaac Asimov)

ASU Full-Color Flexible Display World's Largest?
Also, cost-effective in production. (re: E.C. Tubb)

Tactus Tactile Layer Generates A Haptic User Interface
Who says a full screen smartphone can't have a real keyboard? (re: Various)

US Special Ops Wants Paralysis Device
'I have invented a weapon, Miss Carlyle... A paralysis ray!' (re: Arthur K. Barnes)

The bebionic3 Robotic Artificial Hand
'At the moment Eldritch made use of the five-finger humanoid manual extremity...' (re: Philip K. Dick)

The Funnel Wall
'Some towers sound their notes while others fall silent...' (re: George R.R. Martin)

C1 - The Gyro-Stabilized Two-Wheeled Ground Car
'Motorcycle-wise, but automatically, the "Dilly" leaned against its gyroscopes at precisely the correct angle...' (re: Robert Heinlein)

The Hopper - with Carl Sagan's Adnix!
'It wasn't at first a context-recognition device.' (re: Carl Sagan)

MIT Smile Research Knows Your Real One
'Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?' (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

The Flame - Malware Worthy of John Brunner
'There were so many worms and counterworms loose in the data-net now, the machines had been instructed to give them low priority.' (re: John Brunner)

A Cool DIY Magnetically Levitated Bed
'Everything was suspended magnetically at the proper height... ' (re: William Gibson)

Laser-Guided Smart Bullet Prototype
'Look, it's all electronic...' (re: Michael Crichton)

Variable-Depth Jet-Injection Hypospray
Tomorrow's medical technology today. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

ZeroN The Levitating Orb Interface
Just follow the orb. (re: Eando Binder)

10K Illegal Kidneys Transplanted Every Year
'Any one of these units could be packed in a travel case at a moment's notice...' (re: Larry Niven)

SHOAL Robotic Fish Patrol Harbors
'The Mitsubishi turbot wriggled, as if alive. With one fluid motion, it surged forward, plunged, and was gone.' (re: Michael Swanwick)

LiquiGlide Coating, Your New Condiment Lubricant
'The water flowed off those walls without binding tension...' (re: Frank Herbert)

Israel's Robotic Butterfly Drone Flies Indoors
'There it studied its surroundings, transmitting to its manipulator... all that it heard through its ear microphones and saw with its minute vision tubes.' (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Synchronizing Humanoid Robot Swarms
'They wheeled and turned in macabre simultaneity...' (re: Isaac Asimov)

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