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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 2,500 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 4,300 Science Fiction in the News articles.

RFID Chipped Employees Of Three Square Market
'About a third of the people in Manhattan have replaced their Freedom Card with a radio-frequency chip...' - John Twelve Hawks, 2015. (7/21/2017)
JAXA's Int-Ball Drone To Follow Astronauts In Space Station
'I want you to build me some of those.' MIT Professor David Miller, 1999. (7/20/2017)
Amazon Patents Annoying Robot That Follows You
'The... machine, being homotropic, headed toward them, still bleating...' - Philip K. Dick, 1963. (7/19/2017)
Hand Gestures And Body Poses Control Devices
'He waved his hand... the circuit switched...'- Philip K. Dick, 1955. (7/18/2017)
Rovable Robots Crawl Across Your Body
'Most of the crew have the tiny imp ride on their shoulder...' - Robert Forward, 1985. (7/17/2017)
Sansar Social Virtual Reality Platform In 2017?
'And just as a daydreamer forgets his actual surroundings, and sees other realities...' - Vernor VInge, 1981. (7/16/2017)
Cellphone Harvests Power From Ambient Radio Signals And Light
A battery-free phone. (7/15/2017)
Desktopography Makes Virtual Desktops Real
'Ender doodled on his desk, drawing contour maps of mountainous islands and then telling his desk to display them in three dimensions...' - Orson Scott Card, 1985. (7/14/2017)
LaWS Laser Can Take Out Rogue Drones
Looks like a weapon for the Runaway squad! (7/13/2017)
Moon Express Lunar Robot Mining: Shine On, Harvest Moon
'The bulldozer moved through the lunar strip mine... ' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981. (7/12/2017)
Liquid Body Armor For TALOS Exoskeleton
'... instantly became rigid all over when something struck it...' - Larry Niven, 1966. (7/11/2017)
Hyperloop One Video Shows It Works!
'Complete evacuation of the interior of the tubes [and] a wave that provides the new propulsive energy for the cars...' Hard Vincent, 1929. (7/10/2017)
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Pocket Gravity Nullifier
Personal device stops gravity's effect.
(From The Sky Maniac [1929] by Henri Dahl  Juve)
Living Book
A small creature that is used to contain and play back information.
(From The World Below [Collins So] by Sydney Fowler  Wright)
Air Tunnel
A means of sending trains through the air.
(From Through the Air Tunnel [1929] by Harl  Vincent)
Beeper
A handheld radar set, used to find items that have drifted off.
(From Islands in the Sky [1952] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Cylinder Space Suit
A mostly rigid, cylindrical space suit.
(From Islands in the Sky [1952] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Tannin-Secretion Pills
Artificially darkens skin, for skin protection.
(From Crashlander [1994] by Larry  Niven)
Robobug
A cyborg insect.
(From The Golden City [2009] by John  Twelve Hawks)
Crowdcutter
A device worn to part crowds.
(From Infomocracy [2016] by Malka  Older)
Gravity Nullifier
Shields a large object from the effect of gravity.
(From The Sky Maniac [1929] by Henri Dahl  Juve)
New Blood For Old
Replacing the blood plasma of older people with material from younger people.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Flip to Brake
Maneuver to put the tail end (with rocket output) in the forward direction of travel to use for lowering velocity.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Interplanetary Clearance
Bureaucratic red tape associated with busy space ports.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Protective Field (Safety Field)
An static energy field used to protect a city.
(From The Man in the Maze [1969] by Robert  Silverberg)
Panoramic Viewer
Permits observation at a distance, as well as the projection of a holographic image.
(From Childhood's End [1953] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Flying Robot Drone Probe
A remote-controlled flying drone used for remote investigation and surveillance.
(From The Man in the Maze [1969] by Robert  Silverberg)
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Planetary Parks Proposed For Mars Conservatio
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Robotic Tomato Harvester Ready For Space
Peter Ling of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has created a robotic tomato harvester. (re: Gregory Benford)

Crime-Fighting Computer - The Game's Afoot 24x7
The computer system is able to work on crime-stopping twenty-four hours per day, all week long. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Ornithopters In Fact And Fiction
An ornithopter under development at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies may yet make Leonardo da Vinci's dream a reality. (re: Frank Herbert)

Skeletar And Dragon Lyre ExoticGuitars - Science Fiction Instruments
Luthier Peter McGilton has used his Masters Degree in Fine Arts, and post graduate studies in classical instrument construction, to take the guitar-maker's art to truly science-fictional levels. (re: Various)

Robotic Fish From China
The black-bodied robot fish is about four feet long, and resembles a real fish in both shape and movement. (re: Michael Swanwick)

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