Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Date Device Name (Novel Author)
1990 Mammontelephas - baby mammoths (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Leaf Screens (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1990 Vivisector - software deconstruction (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Portable Ident-Plate - quick prints (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Garbage Mine - there's gold in them heaps (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Personal Cache - a digital safety deposit box (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Oxygen Hip Flask - just a quick nip (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Filter Program - live in your own world (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Citizen Journalism - silence dogood lives! (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Genetic Ark - conserve the genome (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Data-Retrieval Programs - ferrets, hounds, foxes and badgers (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Bee Zapper - Star Wars for bugs (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Sunshade-Photocell Collector (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Fabricow (from Piecework by David Brin)
1990 Purza the Pukha (from The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey)
1990 Roachster (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1990 General Bodies Tortoise - terrapin fast (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1990 Bioform House - pumpkin house (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1990 E-Document Distribution - step up to the kiosk (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Anti-Onc Cream - cancer remedy (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Home Manager - AI + Franklin Planner (from Queen of Angels by Greg Bear)
1990 Monomol Mesh Armor - chain (molecule) mail (from Queen of Angels by Greg Bear)
1990 Dustmice - tiny robot detectives (from Queen of Angels by Greg Bear)
1990 Eloi - long lifers (from Queen of Angels by Greg Bear)
1990 Live Carpet - sensor fibers are self-cleaning (from Queen of Angels by Greg Bear)
1990 Quantum Logic Thinker (QL) - fuzzy logic thinker (from Heads by Greg Bear)
1990 Polar Ice (from The Ring of Charon by Roger MacBride Allen)
1990 Autosecretary (Autosec) - clipping service for the net (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Deadman's Device (from Shadowspeer by Patricia Jo Clayton)
1990 Reading Plaque - ultrathin display (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Magnus-Effect Ambulance - sidewise force (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Dozer - cadge some O2 (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Sonomagnetic Fabric - listen with your shirt (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Lawyer Program - AI goes to the dark side (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Subvocal Input Device - under your breath (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Predictions Registry - if you're sure (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 EmilyPost - checks for flames (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Tracking Bracelet - a high security device (from Shadowspeer by Patricia Jo Clayton)
1990 True-Vu Lenses (Goggles) - sneak a peek (from Earth by David Brin)
1990 Dormancy Switch (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1990 Kinotrope (from The Difference Engine by William Gibson (w/B. Sterling))
1990 Assassin Bird - genetically engineered (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1990 Cannibal Grass (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1990 Hanky Bush - use the white leaves (from Sparrowhawk by Thomas A. Easton)
1991 Law Expert System (LEX) - law software (from The Moat by Greg Egan)
1991 Spotlight of Heat (Orbital Microwaves) - magical heat from above (from Fallen Angels by Larry Niven w/Pournelle, Flynn)
1991 Patient Bath Robot (from Roujin Z by Katsuhiro Otomo)
1991 Screening Software (from The Moat by Greg Egan)
1991 Roujin Z-0001 Robotic Bed - military bed robot (from Roujin Z by Katsuhiro Otomo)
1991 Seeder Ramship (from Rammer by Larry Niven)
1991 Teaching Chair (from Rammer by Larry Niven)
1991 Tiersian Therapy (from Red Orc's Revenge by Philip Jose Farmer)
1991 Flatscreen Movie - old-fashioned 2D entertainment (from Orbital Resources by John Barnes)
1991 Stimsuit (from Heavy Time by C.J. Cherryh)
1992 EverRest Cryotorium - cryonics in orbit (from Flare by Roger Zelazny)
1992 Hypercard - it sure carries a lot of weight (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Burbclave - autonomous suburban enclave (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Metaverse - the whole virtual world (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Handwriter - tattoo as output device (from Steel Beach by John Varley)
1992 Data Goggles - immerse yourself in the matrix (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Arachnofiber Uniforms - Spidey delivers pizza (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 U-Stor-It - go store yourself (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Dentata - anti-rape device worn internally (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Avatar Construction Set - build your virtual self (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Smart Pizza Box - your pizza knows if it's late (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Sintered Armorgel (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 High-Voltage Cuffs - Captain Nemo likes (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 P-120 Reconnaissance Robot (from A Season for Slaughter by David Gerrold)
1992 Rat Thing (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Reason Hypervelocity Railgun (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Airbag Jacket - instant Michelin Man (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Hoverlimo - hovercraft for hire (from Steel Beach by John Varley)
1992 Readout Skin - Gutenberg gets tattoos (from Steel Beach by John Varley)
1992 Padloid - National Enquirer on your tablet PC (from Steel Beach by John Varley)
1992 Direct Interface - cut NaturallySpeaking out of the loop (from Steel Beach by John Varley)
1992 CIC Virtual Earth - google earth (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Deliverator Car - pizza on the edge (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Transdress - transparent clothing (from The California Voodoo Game by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
1992 DreamTime Scleral Contact Lenses - VR contact lenses (from The California Voodoo Game by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes))
1992 Dataset (from A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge)
1992 Loglo - highway light signature (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 MagnaPoon - as in harpoon (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Sven - AI investigator (from The Turing Option by Harry Harrison)
1992 Smartwheels - variable length spokes (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Skrode (from A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge)
1992 Avatar - godlike poseurs (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1992 Reality Graphics (from A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge)
1992 Loogie Gun - can't we have nonviolent AND sanitary? (from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson)
1993 Chunker - non-violent weapon (from Virtual Light by William Gibson)
1993 Diagnostic Sleeve - smarter than a BP cuff (from Gripping Hand by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle))
1993 Stealth House - toxic dwellings (from Virtual Light by William Gibson)
1993 Canola Oil - a cob in your tank (from Virtual Light by William Gibson)
1993 Hood Hologram (from Virtual Light by William Gibson)
1993 Separated At Birth Database (from Virtual Light by William Gibson)
1993 Fractal Knife - more cutting surface (from Virtual Light by William Gibson)
1994 AIRE - reverse engineering software (from Mother of Storms by John Barnes)
1994 Mass Pointer (from Crashlander by Larry Niven)
1994 Escalladder - a ladder you can ride (from Crashlander by Larry Niven)
1994 Yeast-Beast Machine - meat in vat (from Natulife by David Brin)
1994 Auto-Treadmills (Needle-Gym) (from Natulife by David Brin)
1994 Stim-Crib (from Natulife by David Brin)
1994 Smart Rope (from Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling)
1994 Dope Mule Robot - fast delivery in a pinch (from Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling)
1994 XV Wedge - let me entertain you (from Mother of Storms by John Barnes)
1994 Holo (License) - 3D driver's license (from Rim by Alexander Besher)
1994 Virtual Childrearing - long distance childcare (from Natulife by David Brin)
1994 Home Termite Habitat (from Natulife by David Brin)
1994 XV - share your thoughts (from Mother of Storms by John Barnes)
1994 Tracing Glasses - find criminals now (from Case Closed (Detective Conan) by Gosho Aoyama)
1994 VR Dyslexia - take those glasses off! (from Rim by Alexander Besher)
1994 Crash Web (from Crashlander by Larry Niven)
1994 Virtuality Helmet ('Virching' Helmet) (from Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling)
1994 Voice-Changing Bowtie - hey, it's me (from Case Closed (Detective Conan) by Gosho Aoyama)
1994 Virtual Reality Ceremony - serving up VR (from Rim by Alexander Besher)
1994 Neuro-netsukes - tiny personality construct (from Rim by Alexander Besher)
1994 Accu-Terrain Floor (from Natulife by David Brin)
1994 Chemotactic Artificial Jellyfish - big jellies (from Big Jelly by Rudy Rucker (w/B. Sterling))
1994 Semisentient Plastic (from Ring by Stephen Baxter)
1994 Vai-Chi - virtual tai chi (from Rim by Alexander Besher)
1994 Wandering Mine (from Half the Day is Night by Maureen F. McHugh)
1994 Inflatable Expansion Bubble - temporary room for space craft (from Crashlander by Larry Niven)
1994 Neotopological Metaeuclidean Adjacency - just around the corner (from The Hole in the Hole by Terry Bisson)
1994 Embryo Visualization (from Daughter of Elysium by Joan Slonczewski)
1995 Matter Compiler - stereolithography on steroids (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Dog Pod Grid - aerostat defensive maneuver (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Runcible - every page an LCD screen (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Chevaline - robotic horse (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Immunocules - nanotechnology imitates life (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Freedom Machine - nanotech birth control (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Cookie-Cutters - bomblets in your bloodstream (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Phantoscope (phenomenoscope) - see it all (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Pedomotive - power stilts (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Mediaglyphic - animated symbols (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Aerostat Monitor - a small flying platform (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Toner - dead nanobot bits (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Fabricules - squeaky clean nanomachine (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Clave - a suburban enclave (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Implanted Credit Card - wherever you want it to be (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Filter Wheel - stepwise refinement (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Smartcoral Reef - water purifying reef (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Phased Acoustical Array - hear it all (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Skullgun - cock cranium and fire (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Sights - skull gun crosshairs (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Mediatron - paper-thin LCD display (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 'Sites - nanobots are your friends (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Soletta (from Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson)
1995 Lithocule - building block (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Satellite Ion Cannon (from Command and Conquer by Westwood Games)
1995 Black Power - solar power in a spray can (from The Woman in Del Rey Crater by Larry Niven)
1995 Lidar - radar with visible light (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Microde - get a new look like you get the flu (from Armed Memory by Jim Smith)
1995 Mite - very small machine helpers (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Ava - she wants to be taught (from The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh)
1995 Ballisticules - nanomachines throw their weight around (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Smart Paper - thin-film transistor display (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Mediatronic Display (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Sky-Eye (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Primer (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1995 Jodie Grid (from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson)
1996 Wearable White-Noise Generator - urban isolation gear (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Hotdesk - the cubicle is the computer (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Headset - wireless ear-clips (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Webeye - Logitech endpoint (from The Ringworld Throne by Larry Niven)
1996 Idoru - a software-generated personality (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Synthespian - a computer-generated actor (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Control-Face - an LCD remote control (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Eyephone(s) - big screen in a small package (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Flicker Drive - in between beats (from Fremder by Russell Hoban)
1996 Combat Wasp - bandolier of munitions (from The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton)
1996 Virtual Meeting - grandson of the web conference (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Kitchen Korner - smarty fridge (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Computer Translator - computer translator and GPS (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Nanotech Buildings - built with fibers (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Video Unit - big bro (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Hydropathic bed - better than a waterbed (from The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester)
1996 Sandbenders - a gem of a computer (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Robotic Abattoir - robots with knives (from Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey)
1996 Micro-Bachelor - downscale apartment (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1996 Cybernetic Water Witch - (from Idoru by William Gibson)
1997 Subtle Knife - cut a hole to different worlds (from The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2 by Philip Pullman)
1997 Helmet Visor Display - heads-up (from The Tank Lords by David Drake)
1997 Automated DNA Typing - from one drop (from Gattaca by Andrew Niccol)
1997 UPUD (from First to Fight by David Sherman (w/Cragg))
1997 Moldies (from Freeware by Rudy Rucker)
1997 Retinal Implant (from The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton)
1997 Boink Biosensor - handheld (from The Cobra Event by Richard Preston)
1997 Softlight (from Softlight Sins by Peter F. Hamilton)
1998 Bugged Money - money rigged for surveillance (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Netwar - communications warfare (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Emblok - MP3 player for memories (from Earth Made of Glass by John Barnes)
1998 Spook - programmable soda (from SOLACE by Jeff Noon)
1998 Profile Sniffers - sifting the web (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Desktop-TV (from Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer)
1998 Magsail (from Falling Stars by Michael Flynn)
1998 Magship (from Falling Stars by Michael Flynn)
1998 D-9 Motherspinner - that's a big spider (from The Golden Globe by John Varley)
1998 Junkbot - spamachine (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Bambakias Hotel - help it come into being (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Monobloc Dating System - advanced dating software (from The Best of all Possible Wars by Larry Niven)
1998 Infowar Operation (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Psypyx - will your memories wind up on Kazaa? (from Earth Made of Glass by John Barnes)
1998 Smart Bike (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Aggressive-Response Service (from The Golden Globe by John Varley)
1998 Dime Disk - data storage (from The Best of all Possible Wars by Larry Niven)
1998 Talking Tape - smart as a brick (from Distraction by Bruce Sterling)
1998 Concrete Boxes - U-Stor-U (from Earth Made of Glass by John Barnes)
1998 Robot Handlers (from The Golden Globe by John Varley)
1998 Boob Cube - 3D TV is no better (from The Best of all Possible Wars by Larry Niven)
1999 Graffiti-Eating Finish - never wash those walls again (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Smart Tag - sneaky graffiti (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Snake Contact Lens - get that reptilian look (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Palm Scan - the big print (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Genejack (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Nano-Paste (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Lucky Dragon ATM - an ATM with an attitude (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Organic Superlubricant (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Homo Superior (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Matter Editation (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Cyberethics (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Silksteel (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Ethical Calculus (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Belt Sword - bendable weapon (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Sentient Econometrics (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Quantum Power (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Neuroinduction Field (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Exoskeleton - a military exoskeleton (from A Good Old-Fashioned Future by Bruce Sterling)
1999 Diveskin - wetsuit for the deep rift (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Eyecaps (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Recycler (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Face Seal (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Smart Gel - brain in a dish (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Lucid Dreamer - it's a dream machine (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Medical Mantis - telefactoring device for physicians (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Chain Gun - fires chains (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Sonar Pistol (from Starfish by Peter Watts)
1999 Bohemias - a cultural incubator (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Video Wallpaper (from A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge)
1999 Localizer - tiny network mote (from A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge)
1999 Dustmote (from A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge)
1999 Focusing - using mindrot (from A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge)
1999 Punishment Sphere (from Alpha Centauri by Sid Meier)
1999 Nanofax - fax 3D objects, not flat ones (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 GPS Sunglasses - you are here (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Motion Capture Suit - lifetime motion capture (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Interactive Video Column - see the world -- from convenience stores? (from All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson)
1999 Head Cheese - cultured neurons in a dish (from Starfish by Peter Watts)

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