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Nissan Pivo 2 Concept Car Spins Its Wheels
You've gotta love this bug-like buggy, but you'll have to watch the tire wear. (re: Various)

Reduce Snoring With Computerized Pillow
This little wonder may be just the thing so that everyone else can get to sleep - if you are the snorer. (re: Various)

Invisibility Cloak Works In Visible Spectrum
Is this the world's first true invisibility cloak? (re: Ray Cummings)

Jelly-Fish 45 Habitat: Captain Nemo Wants One
This would be a great vacation home; maybe you could rent? (re: Jules Verne)

Betavoltaic Battery: 30 Years Of Power
Is it possible to create a small battery that could power a laptop for years? (re: Robert Heinlein)

Big Brother Wants To Sell You Something
I guess it's less sinister when malls surveil you to see how rich you are, but it's still kind of 1984-ish. (re: George Orwell)

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. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Ministry of Silly (Robot) Walks
Robots haven't been walking long, but they've made great strides. And sometimes, not so great strides. But we like them anyway. (re: Various)

Sony OLED TV Superthin
This remarkably thin television is now available in Japan; expensive, but the future usually is (at first). (re: Larry Niven)

Prototype Jockey-Ridden Hopping Robot
A new sport in the process of being born? You be the judge. (re: Bruce Sterling)

ELASTIC Shotgun Cam Network
This would seem to be the ultimate in ease of 'extending infrastructure' to a new location. (re: Various)

Ice-Nine Modeled In Harvard Computer - We're Doomed
Okay, the world probably won't end, but Harvard researchers really do think they have found a way for ice to be solid at room temp. (re: Kurt Vonnegut)

Mowgli Leaping Frog Robot
I can just see this cool jumping robot leaping over Godzilla in an upcoming movie... (re: Various)

Ultrathin Computer Memory Fabricated
Remarkable development in depositing metal on a substrate may lead to manga (re: Gosho Aoyama)

Fuji Zerox Copier Automatically Translates
Remarkable device lets you copy, translate or both. (re: Various)

Scavenge Local Mall CCTV And Make A Movie
Remarkable film created entirely from digital movies scavenged from mall CCTVs. (re: Various)

Solar-Powered Bike From Thera-P
This is a really flashy looking bicycle - but does it run at night? (re: Various)

REEM-A Chess-Playing Robot
This friendly little robot is being designed as a companion for you - and an avid chess partner. (re: Ambrose Bierce)

MIT Tether For Walking On Asteroids
Finding a whole new meaning for the term 'asteroid belt' clever MIT researchers propose a new kind of tether. (re: Various)

STriDER Tripedal Dynamic Experimental Robot
Surely this is what Arthur C. Clarke imagined in his 1972 novel Rendezvous With Rama. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Peruvian Meteor Sickness Diagnosed
After some investigation, scientists have solved the mystery of the Peruvian meteorite sickness. (re: Michael Crichton)

Nano Air Vehicle Floats Like Maple Seed
Next time you crunch through the maple seeds in the spring, be careful where you step. (re: Various)

Roving Robotic Reporter
This story is a little old, but I just discovered it. Philip K. Dick was only off by a couple of years on this one. (re: Philip K. Dick)

First Zero-Gravity Surgical Robot Demonstration
The same system tested in NASA's NEEMO experiments will now be tested in zero-g on the Vomit Comet. (re: Various)

MIT Exoskeleton Shoulders The Weight For You
This nifty exoskeleton from MIT is much lighter and uses less power than other weight-supporting exoskeletons, like the BLEEX. (re: Fritz Leiber)

Twist In Saturn's Electric Ring
Unusual activity out around Saturn-way may have a more fictional explanation. (re: L. Niven and J. Pournelle)

Americans Give Up Friends For Net
Would you rather get news, information and companionship from the Internet, or from friends face to face? (re: E.M. Forster)

Raytheon Creates Pain Box From Dune
Raytheon has unwittingly created the pain box straight out of Frank Herbert's Dune novels. (re: Frank Herbert)

Rare 'Solar Trilobite' Seen By NASA
Another striking example of a nonorganic phenomenon that amazingly resembles life. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

MotionPortrait Creates 3D Zombified Version Of You From Photo
This program may be perfectly fine for creating avatars, but I'd like some control over my own likeness, thanks. (re: Various)

Robo Catcher: Robot Replaces Crane In Arcade Game
Cool new arcade game - at present, only in Japan - substitutes a robot for the crane. (re: Various)

Meteorite Brings Illness To Peruvian Village
A strange incident in Peru this past weekend has readers thinking about The Andromeda Strain. (re: Michael Crichton)

WD-2 Face Morphing Robot Could Be Anyone
Eerie face dancer robot has way too many degrees of freedom. (re: Various)

Inscentinel Honeybees Sniff For Explosives
This special detector actually contains living honeybees trained to sense explosive compounds. (re: Various)

Donkey Motorcycle And Giant Lizard Rocket Launcher
Can you think of any instances in which animals carried more advanced technology than you would expect? (re: Various)

E-Disk Altima 416GB Flash Drive World's Highest Capacity
Seems like you could fit a lot of movies into this - why can't I get this in an iPod? (re: Dan Simmons)

Doctor-Bots Play 'Operation'
Students are hard at work on autonomous surgical robots - Dr. Claw will see you now! (re: Larry Niven)

Vocal Terrorism Via Virtual Vocal Chords
British scientists spend the week worrying about future forms of terrorism. (re: Various)

Roboticist Has Real Son Zeno, Robot Son Zeno
The similarities to Super-Toys Last All Summer Long are almost too eerie. (re: Henry Slesar)

Diamond Light Source Illuminates Manuscripts
Scientists take only thirty years to turn James P. Hogan's fantasy into reality. Well done! (re: James P. Hogan)

Robots and Religion
Here's a chance to contribute to some interesting research on the topic of intelligent machines and religion. (re: Anthony Boucher)

Dr. Whippy Ice Cream Machine Makes Sure You're Happy
Remarkable prototype device guarantees ice cream satisfaction scientifically - somewhere, Douglas Adams is smiling. (re: Douglas Adams)

Smart Bra Does Breast Cancer Screening
This prototype could lead the way to an easy method of breast cancer screening that could lead to more breast cancer cures through early detection. (re: Rudy Rucker)

OKAO Vision Lets Machines See You Smile
This remarkable product will help computers understand whether you are happy or not. (re: Frank Herbert)

Roller-Walker Robot Has Tachikoma Skating Motion
This robot can go from walking to skating - after a brief transformation. (re: Various)

Cell Phone Tower Equipment Sheds Way Station-Style
I'm reaching a bit for this one, but I still think it's cool. (re: Clifford Simak)

IBM Stores Information On A Single Molecule
Now that's a small computer system. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Bibliochaise Chair Book Throne
The do-it-yourself spirit still thrives in others - how about you. (re: Various)

The Thinking Man's Wheelchair
A remarkable development for the disabled, this idea was derided as mere science fiction in 1966. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

X-Hawk Concept Video Vs. Bladerunner Flying Car Video
That's right - you pick the future. (re: Ridley Scott)

EEStor Ultracapacitor 'Battery' And Heinlein's Shipstone
Yet another reason to hope that electric vehicles might soon become a practical, affordable transportation choice. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Moray Eels Have Second Jaws Aliens-Style
Okay, is this life imitates art or hideous natural evolution beats out Hollywood imagination - again? (re: Ridley Scott)

Underwater Express - High Speed Troop-Carrying Torpedo
This remarkable development has at least been foreshadowed by elements of computer games. (re: Hideo Kojima)

'Benevolence Kings' Protect Japanese Workers Automatically
This system is designed to provide a warning to construction workers in the event of out-of-control motorists. (re: Various)

Phil Dick, Your Electric Cat Is... Not Quite Ready
This can may not quite be up to PKD's high standards, but you can see that we're getting close. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Autostereoscopic 360 Degree Light Field Display
The frame rate of this interactive display is remarkably high. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Japan's 'Space Fireworks' A Success
Japanese researchers were successful in their launch of a rocket that produced 'space fireworks' over much of Japan. (re: Various)

Ultrasound Bloodless Surgery Star Trek-Style
Looks like Dr. McCoy had it right again - maybe knives aren't necessary even for surgery. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Arm Spirit Arm-Wrestling Arcade Game Rampage
Machines are our friends - but you still need to be careful. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Heinlein Controlways Predicted By Kiwi Profs
Professors seem to be channeling RAH on this one. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Automated Restaurant Uses Gravity Feed Rail System
Nifty gravity feed system eliminates those pesky waiters - should you leave gravity a tip? (re: Edgar Rice Burroughs)

Nokia N73 Preloaded For Ramadan
Worship aided by cellphone. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Super Soaker With Electro-Hydrodynamic Power
This prototype device could allow police to fill up their nonlethal weapons from your garden hose. (re: Various)

GOOG-411 Google's Free Talking Phone Search
This new beta service from Google gets you your 411 free of charge, thanks to advanced voice recognition and local search. (re: Frederik Pohl)

HIPerSpace Offers Highest Display Resolution
The engineers at UCSD are at it again, creating the world's highest resolution display. (re: H.G. Wells)

Vanderbilt Robot Arm Has Steam-Powered Prothetics
This new prosthetic limb power source could be in use as early as 2009 - and it even sweats like you do. (re: Various)

Tribal Pizza Carputer For Snow Crash Deliverator
It's just the first generation, but I can almost smell that fresh 'za gliding silently to my house. (re: Neal Stephenson)

China To Control Reincarnation Of Tibetan Buddhists
Only science fiction fans are unsurprised by this bizarre turn of events. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Starfish Robot Stretching Video
A short video showing the Starfish robot, one of my faves, stretching and getting ready to walk. (re: Various)

HypoSurface Walls Are Full Of Life
This remarkable new display surface is a pretty good implementation of a J.G. Ballard idea from the 1960's. (re: J.G. Ballard)

LED Incapacitator And The Minority Report Game
A bit of reader help on this one, if possible. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Crowd Farms And 'Coppertops'
Those parasitic power harvesters never give up. (re: Various)

DNA-Shaped Dust In Plasma May 'Live'
This new computer simulation shows that it is possible for very life-like structures to evolve in space. (re: Fred Hoyle)

Artificial Bones Custom-Made On 3D Inkjet Printer
Far out even by sf standards, printed out bones are now being implanted in humans. (re: Frank Herbert)

Imagine The Pizzamato
Here at least is a nice picture of what genetically modified food should really be like; Heinlein pictured it first, though. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Backpack Laser - Just Don't Cross The Streams
If you think about it just a little, I'm sure you can come up with alternative uses for a backpack laser system. (re: Harold Ramis)

Galactic Suites - LEO at $4 Million Per 3 Day Stay
Finally a destination worthy of the hyperrich. (re: Carl Sagan)

Smart Dressing Mirror RFID-Based mi-tu Fashion
This system could make those endless hours of shopping go a lot faster. (re: Harry Harrison)

Martians To Receive Great SF On CD
Mars now has some reading material, in the event that you should have some down time while exploring there. (re: Various)

Visit Moon Base - In Krakow
How would you like to come to work here? And no chance of sudden death by decompression? (re: L. Ron Hubbard)

Tango Motorcycle Monocycle Like Heinlein's Tumblebug
This looks like great fun to ride, way more fun than a Segway, anyway. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Skullcandy G.I. Headphones Not Quite Skullgun
I'm not sure if you can get this one through an airport or not. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Fujitsu PalmSecure Hand Vein Scanner
New device for biometric security reads not just palms, but veins under the palm. (re: Frank Herbert)

Tondon Robot Autonomous Floor Cleaner
Zippy Balinese-style autonomous cleaning bot. (re: Robert Heinlein)

kameraflage Seen By Cellphone Cameras Only
This is an interesting use of a little-known property of digital cameras. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Rapid Deployment Integrated Surveillance System (RDISS)
Quickly deployed surveillance is a must in Iraq. (re: Robert Silverberg)

Superman's Fortress of Solitude Found
This amazing cave has the enormous beams of crystal that Superman fans have been looking for. (re: DC Comics)

America's Army Arcade Game
Looks like the US Army is finally getting the picture - the motion picture 'The Last Starfighter,' that is. (re: Various)

Halluc II Robot With Multi Joint Wheels
Highly unusual robot has eight separate wheel modules for motion - well, motion every which way. (re: Various)

For Those Who Read In Bed
Adjust bed warmth by reading bedtime stories with this unique item. (re: Robert Heinlein)

iPhone Medical Image Viewer
Physicians are always looking for a tool that lets them take patient information with them. (re: Various)

MIT Robotic Ankle Given To Iraq Vet
This Iraq vet gets a direct benefit from years of research on robotic prosthetic devices. (re: Various)

Win A Trip To Outer Space!!!
That's right - a free trip to outer space. There's just one catch. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Space Diving By Orbital Outfitters (And 'Doc' Smith)
Someday, when this has become commonplace, we'll have space diving Elvises returning from orbit. (re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith)

Robot Taiko Drummers Give Up Factory Day Jobs
These bots are great on their own, but I know a great front man (robot) for them. (re: Herbert Goldstone)

Vortex Engine - Tame Tornadoes May Generate Power
Not only could this technique produce electricity, it could also serve as a form of planetary air conditioning to counter global warming. (re: Pohl/Kornbluth)

Automated Border Control With NeoFace Face Recognition
This system is good, but Jabba the Hutt's version was better. (re: George Lucas)

Robotic Fly Micro Air Vehicle
I'd hate to think that one guy with a flyswatter could take down your entire air force. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Eos TV - The Death Channel
I don't think I would have thought of this one, but if you can get people to watch the weather on TV... (re: Various)

Geckel Adhesive Has Gecko-Mussel Foot Power
To get the ultimate in stickiness, you must sit at the feet of the masters. (re: Various)

Cheap Paint-On Flexible Solar Panels
I keep thinking there must be some way to turn all the sun-soaked surfaces in my life into power-generators... (re: Larry Niven)

BigBelly Solar-Powered Trash Can - Good/Evil?
Oh, yes, someone has already thought about solar-powered trash cans. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Bionic Dog Storm Gets Carbon Fiber Paw
Maximillion got his name because he was the one million dollar dog - now Storm gets a prosthetic paw in real life. (re: James Parriott)

iLimb Bionic Hand Now Ready For Market
Remarkable invention now ready to wear. (re: Various)

RapLeaf, Whuffie and Strakh
What is the best way to apportion goods between people in a society? How about starting with a reputation manager? (re: Jack Vance)

BioSuit Space Suit Vs. Tentacle Monsters
Looks like those science fiction movies that depicted people in skin tight space suits knew what they were doing. (re: Manly Wade Wellman)

Gesture-Controlled TV Update
Now you can control your TV with gestures, not just make gestures at your TV. (re: Various)

RunBot Learns To Walk At Human Speed
Better put on your walking shoes to keep up with this robot. (re: Karel Capek)

Wakamaru Robot Receptionists Hired By Temp Agency
This mobile, friendly, singing robot is now ready to go to work in your office. (re: Karel Capek)

Robot Workers Ready To Go Postal
This robot is surprisingly competent at a human task - sorting packages. (re: Various)

TASER XREP Neuro-Muscular Incapacitation
This little device comes just 132 years after it was first conceptualized by Jules Verne. (re: Jules Verne)

Web Photos Now Have Zero Credibility
Now anyone can rewrite history, taking only seconds for each precious photo. (re: George Orwell)

MULE Autonomous Navigation Vehicle By Lockheed Martin
This robotic device is described in several different sf stories; it sounds handy. (re: Anthony Boucher)

No-Way Physics And Science Fiction
Do you like your physics possible, or impossible? SF lets you have it both ways. (re: Various)

Paper Four Video
Excellent video really shows off cool display technology. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Richard Palmer, d3o Inventor, O2 X Entrepreneur of the Year
Inventor Richard Palmer gets a bit of recognition for bringing science fiction to life for all of us. (re: Larry Niven)

Robotic Cow Tongues
Artists are supposed to see things differently; raw meat definitely makes a comeback here. (re: Various)

Micro Air Vehicle In Use In Iraq
This waste-basket-sized vehicle lets you see what's happening just ahead - maybe even on Hoth. (re: George Lucas)

Vibration Energy Scavenging By Tiny Generator
This tiny generator might appear in a heart near you. (re: Frank Herbert)

HortiBot - Autonomous Weed 'n Feed AgBot
This robot has handy, yet deadly, attachments to fight our weed enemies. (re: Michael Crichton)

Transparent TV From Active Inc (And H.G. Wells)
This looks like a great product - H.G. Wells would be very glad to see it, having thought of it seventy years ago. (re: H.G. Wells)

MulTicket Is Isaac Asimov's Idea
Very cool concept - but it's been around for a while. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Piranha Movie Now At Stream Near You
This is one sf movie that I don't want to see become a real-life story. (re: Roger Corman)

Robot Librarians In The Stacks
I wonder what sort of capabilities this robot librarian might have when it comes to retrieving overdue books? (re: Harry Harrison)

Ultimate Credit Card Of The Future
This credit card concept might actually serve your interests, rather than those of the credit industry. (re: Edward Bellamy)

Notificator Robot Messenger Predates Twitter
Social networking is fully automated by the 1930's - didn't you know? (re: Various)

Stink Bullets And PKD's Sheep Dip Isolator
Philip K. Dick always thinks up the ultimate version of everything. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Tangible 3D Display: Reach In And Touch With Haptic Glove
Grab virtual reality by the ..., well, you know what I mean. (re: Various)

Genesis 2 Successfully Inflates Module
Another successful test of the Genesis inflatable module (not to mention Larry Niven's original concept) yields a nice photo. (re: Larry Niven)

Amnesia Drugs: Bad Memories Blocked
Researchers may have found a way to block or even delete bad, unpleasant memories. Imagine the possibilities. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Bandai Hex Bug Toy Robot Infestation
These tiny pests need to be paid, and probably kept charged as well (see pix and video). (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Spice Girls Live Digital Enhancement
Technology marches on, this time helping bring the Spice Girls up to their usual standard. Such as it is. (re: Ray Bradbury)

International Space Station To Get Japanese Take-Out
The menu on the International Space Station is about to get a lot more interesting. (re: Various)

EQGuard Home Earthquake Warning Appliance
This system can give you just enough time to run outside. (re: Various)

Meet R BOT 001, Russia's New Robocop
Russian militiamen turn to missile-shaped robotic police for help. (re: Harry Harrison)

Nanowire Electronics Transparent And Flexible
Remarkable advance brings clear displays much closer - and clearer. (re: Various)

Information Storage In Bacteria DNA Update
If you wanted to make sure that your data survived for thousands of years, where would you put it? (re: Various)

Khanty Mansiysk Siberia Tower Of Glass
Ambitious glass tower under construction in Siberia reminds me of an earlier effort by Robert Silverberg. (re: Robert Silverberg)

Bacteria Torture Tests Demonstrate Evolution
Dr. Richard Lenski has followed in the footsteps of famous sf writers, creating captive worlds and learning from them. (re: Theodore Sturgeon)

SuiPo Posters Call Your Cellphone
New way for otherwise inanimate objects to get to you. (re: Steven Spielberg)

RFID Mates With Surveillance Cameras
RFID chips plus surveillance cameras - how have we avoided this up to now? (re: Various)

Hitachi Brain-Machine Interface Applications
Once a working brain-machine interface is developed, who knows what sort of devices we'll have. (re: Frank Herbert)

Raydiance USP Laser Attacks Unwanted Cells
Medical uses for ultrashort pulse lasers are possible because they transfer no heat to the surrounding area. (re: Robert J. Sawyer)

HRP-3 Promet Robot Blue Collar Style
Robots need to be able to work in the real world, not just inside controlled environments. (re: Harry Harrison)

Front Runner Hydrofoil Like Star Wars Podracer
Who knew that Boonta Eve races were held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (re: George Lucas)

Smart Wheels Are Artificially Intelligent
Looks like the old 'Tiger Paws' advertisement will finally come true - not the tires, but the wheels themselves. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Power Pedal Exoskeleton From Matsushita
It kind of looks like a power-assisted Stairmaster... (re: Robert Heinlein)

Mad-Croc Power Peppermint Energy Gum
Why do people in today's world want to go faster, when they should go slower? (re: Philip K. Dick)

LANdroid WiFi Robots
DARPA is at it again, this time looking to establish networks on the fly. (re: Various)

UK 'Bag Brother' Trashcams
They're at it again - no crime is too small to be surveilled. (re: Various)

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