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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 3,800 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 6,400 Science Fiction in the News articles.

Barista Robot Perfects Latte Swirl With Multi-DOF Wriggle
'It's done with a flip of the third joint of the tentacle on the down beat.' - Anthony Boucher, 1943. (9/11/2023)
Vendetta 2023 All-Terrain Skateboard Could Use Neal Stephenson's Smartwheels
'If you surf over a bump... If you surf over a pothole...' - Neal Stephenson, 1992. (9/9/2023)
Safe Street Rebel Autonomous Vehicle Luddites And Schachner's 1931 Robot-Deranger
'Then the spreading beam of the deranging ray struck them, and they stood an instant transfixed...' - Schachner/Zagat, 1931 (9/7/2023)
The Electric Balance Bicycle And The Decline Of Western Civilization
'Noiselessly, on rubber-tired wheels, they journeyed...' - David H. Keller, 1928. (9/5/2023)
'Droplet' Battery Microscale Power Pack
'...a power pack the size of a pea.' - Alfred Bester, 1956. (9/3/2023)
ARX-5 Doing Robot Arm Dancing
It's Data's day - at last. (9/1/2023)
CD, DVD Bit Rot And PKD's Civic Notification Distorter
'...copy two of the original document no longer can be superimposed on copy one.' - Philip K. Dick, 1965. (8/29/2023)
Inbiodroid Prometheus 2.0 Telepresence Avatar Robot
My prize robot, tall, dashing would speak and act for me... - Manly Wade Wellman, 1938. (8/27/2023)
Amazon One Is Frank Herbert's Palm Lock
'A palm lock must be keyed to one individual's hand shape and palm lines.' - Frank Herbert, 1965. (8/25/2023)
DroneDog Ground Security Robot Dogs From Asylon
'I have transferred the ego of a dog to a synthetic dog brain in the skull case of a robot dog.' - Otis Adelbert Kline, 1937. (8/23/2023)
Who Knows What Might Be Found When Visiting A Metal Asteroid?
'...inspect the tiny speck of matter that swam toward them out of the bottomless void.' - Basil Wells, 1942. (8/21/2023)
Giant Lunar Surface Test Bed Built On Earth
Astronauts first walked the site, then flew over the site at a few hundred feet in a small Cessna. (8/19/2023)
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Gravity Neutralizers
The force of gravity is suspended!
(From Pirates of Space [1931] by B.X.  Barry)
Space Fleet
A group of mighty ships capable of space travel - and fighting.
(From Through the Meteors [1930] by L.H.  Morrow)
A ray that discombobulates robots of all kinds.
(From The Exile of Time [1931] by Ray  Cummings)
Space Navy
Spacefaring professional soldiers.
(From Pirates of Space [1931] by B.X.  Barry)
Extra-Terra Bio-Institute (ETBI) Bio-Conditioning
The overarching work of adapting human beings to alien worlds.
(From The Impossible World [1939] by Eando  Binder)
Parent of all hormones, it makes possible the adaptation of the human organism to alien worlds.
(From The Impossible World [1939] by Eando  Binder)
Yet another name for a videophone.
(From The Impossible World [1939] by Eando  Binder)
Colony World
A planet settled by a single group.
(From The Impossible World [1939] by Eando  Binder)
Small stature robots.
(From A Game of Unchance [1964] by Philip K.  Dick)
Control Harness
Connects to the brain and nervous system of a host organism for control purposes.
(From A Game of Unchance [1964] by Philip K.  Dick)
Making sure the man fits the job!
(From Placement Test [1964] by Keith  Laumer)
Network Repair Team
Dispatched to collect remains of destroyed machines.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Robot Interception Aerial Mines
Loitering explosives overhead.
(From The World Jones Made [1956] by Philip K.  Dick)
Automated music production.
(From The World Jones Made [1956] by Philip K.  Dick)
Induces sleepy mindedness.
(From The World Jones Made [1956] by Philip K.  Dick)
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da Vinci Surgical Robot: Dr.'s Helper
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Contour Crafting: 3D House Printer
Perhaps you've used those programs that let you design your dream house, creating a Computer Aided Design (CAD) file. Not quite ready to take up the hammer and start building? What if you could just "print" your house? (re: Bruce Sterling)

RobotCop III - Not Quite R. Daneel Olivaw
In his classic 1953 robot story Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov teamed a human detective with a robotic one - R. Daneel Olivaw. Hong Kong has been testing robotic police officers for years, and has now introduced RobotCop III. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Poweriser: Extreme Sports Gear from The Diamond Age
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DARPA's BigDog Robot And Bradbury's Mechanical Hound
In his chilling 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury created the mechanical hound, a robot that accompanied the firemen and helped with their work... DARPA has made a multi-million dollar investment in the soldier of the future's best friend - Big (re: Ray Bradbury)

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