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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 3,200 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the Dictionary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 5,800 Science Fiction in the News articles.

Snakebot Burrows Underground, Thanks To Biomimicry Of Multiple Species
'Seen close it was not completely flexible, but made instead of pivoted and smoothly finished segments.' Harry Harrison, 1962. (6/5/2021)
Stretchable OLED Heart Monitor Band-Aid
You can't buy them in the store just yet. (6/3/2021)
Can We Grow Crops On Mars?
Does Martian soil require remediation? (6/1/2021)
How Long Have YOU Wanted A Household Robot?
'We followed in breathless amazement. In less than five minutes, bed number one was made...' - Elizabeth Bellamy, 1899. (5/29/2021)
CopterPack Is Robert Heinlein's 1954 Copter Harness
'...a single flyer, hopping free in a copter harness.' - Robert Heinlein, 1954. (5/27/2021)
Amazen ZenBooth Dispenses Serenity At Amazon
'That's what I get for dialing zen, Joe said to himself.' - Philip K. Dick, 1969. (5/25/2021)
Digger Finger: Super-Sensitive Robot Fingers Predicted In 1931
'Migul's fingers with the extended filaments were feeling it... What an amazing development of science.' - Ray Cummings, 1931. (5/23/2021)
Baubotanik - Construction Botany - Builds Bridges
'A dwelling must be all of a unitóthe walls, the drainage, the decor grown in!' - Jack Vance, 1954. (5/19/2021)
ESA Awards Study For Lunar Satellite Communications And Navigation
'Messages drifted in - from liners and freighters, from police-ships, from yachts of space...' - Miller and McDermott, 1932. (5/17/2021)
Bigelow BEAM Still Useful On ISS
'It's a shame, ain't it, Frankócalling a pretty thing like that a 'bubb'óit's an ugly word. Or even a 'space bubble.' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1961. (5/15/2021)
DARPA's Sarcasm Detector Totes Gets Your Drift
'TARS, what's your sarcasm setting?' '100 percent.' - from Interstellar. (5/13/2021)
Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower Tear-Down, Neuromancer's Coffin Hotel Lives Forever
'Plastic capsules a meter high and three long, stacked like surplus Godzilla teeth...' - William Gibson, 1984. (5/11/2021)
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Vibratium Wall Time Machine
An element that is unstable in time makes time travel possible and enables the Grandfather Paradox.
(From Ancestral Voices [1933] by Nat  Schachner)
Floating Robot
A robot that floats in mid-air.
(From The Floating Robot [1941] by David Wright  O'Brien)
Robot Snake
A mechanical reptile, with no legs.
(From Bait for the Tiger [1958] by Lee  Chaytor)
Robot Brother
A roboticist brings home a robot brother for his natural son.
(From Brother Robot [1958] by Henry  Slesar)
Adoption of Television
Prediction of TV penetration in homes and the death of movie houses.
(From Prima Donna 1980 [1931] by Bernard  Brown)
Perfect Voice Modulation
Artificially creating the perfect human singing voice.
(From Prima Donna 1980 [1931] by Bernard  Brown)
Sound Nullifier
A barrier to sound; the cancellation of sound waves.
(From Prima Donna 1980 [1931] by Bernard  Brown)
Faster than the speed of light.
(From Patterns of Chaos [1972] by Colin  Kapp)
Iron Man Robot With Human Brain
A huge robot with a tub containing a human brain.
(From Iron Man [1933] by Paul  Ernst)
Nutritious Pellets
Food in pill form.
(From Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 [1899] by Arthur  Bird)
Automatic Valet
A robotic manservant.
(From Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 [1899] by Arthur  Bird)
Electrical Farming Implements
Labor-saving automatic farm equipment.
(From Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 [1899] by Arthur  Bird)
Aerocycle (∆rocycle)
An aerial bicycle, human powered.
(From Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 [1899] by Arthur  Bird)
An alloy of aluminum crystalized within a magnetic field for exceptional strength.
(From Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 [1899] by Arthur  Bird)
Aerial Dynamite Ships
Using airplanes to drop explosives during war.
(From Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 [1899] by Arthur  Bird)
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FURO Waitress Robot
FURO uses its sensors to detect when a customer comes near; it can even demonstrate friendly emotions to keep customers coming back. (Re: George Lucas)

Amazing Solar Impulse Completes Night Flight
12,000 solar panels cover its 64 meter wingspan; one-quarter of the weight of the plane is accounted for by the lithium batteries that powered it at night. (re: John W. Campbell)

Computational Journalism The Homeostatic Newspaper
The use of computers in the otherwise human task of news writing and dissemination. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Terahertz Remote Sensing Detectors
These sensors could see through walls, containers and clothing from hundreds of feet away. (re: Doc Smith)

Ikaros Solar Sail Works!
Ikaros has generated the biggest acceleration through photon during interplanetary flight in history. (re: Jack Vance)

Pharmed Blood Is DARPA's Tru Blood
We are basically mimicking bone marrow in a lab environment. (re: Charlaine Harris)

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