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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.

Life In Detroit's 'Agrihood' - The First In The U.S.
'countless tiny brown circles in the green fields ...occasional ruins of ancient cities...' - Philip K. Dick, 1954. (11/29/2016)
Artificial 'Hairs' To Enhance Senses Of Robots
'Migul had extended from each of the fingertips an inch-long filament of wire...' - Ray Cummings, 1931. (11/28/2016)
The Point Of View Of An Autonomous Car
'It is safe to say that the new model almost revolutionized America in more ways than one...' - David H. Keller, 1935. (11/27/2016)
You Can't Lose The Travelmate Autonomous Suitcase - It Follows You
'...follow him as faithfully as a well-trained hound.' - John Brunner, 1975. (11/26/2016)
ibotn Toddler-Care Mini-Robot
'She's not like a machine. She's like a person. A living person.' - Philip K. Dick, 1955. (11/25/2016)
Nuclear Batteries Based On Diamonds Last Millennia
'they just package it and ship it around to wherever people want it...' - Robert Heinlein, 1982. (11/24/2016)
Eighth Sense Emotion-Responsive Cloak
'This sensitivity to mood explains the real popularity of bio-fabrics...' - JG Ballard, 1970. (11/23/2016)
British Airways To Offer An Ingestible Sensor To Passengers
The modern way to get feedback from passengers. (11/22/2016)
Unique DNA To Foil Parts Counterfeiters
'... the only molecule, a unique protein amino acid, which could not be duplicated.' - Philip K. Dick, 1965. (11/21/2016)
MIT Researchers Predict The Future From Still Photos
'What I have in this camera is not a record of what you did just now but what will go on here in the next half hour...'- Philip K. Dick, 1964. (11/20/2016)
Mini Robot Uses 2 mm Surgical Tools
'... surgical tool - blades, tweezers, probes - so fine you could just see them with the naked eye.' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1939. (11/19/2016)
Childhood Dreams Of Space Realized! Space Junk Problem Solved!
'Give the noble daydreams a rest, you preachy rookie. Astronauts are wage slaves like everyone else!' - Planets, 2003. (11/18/2016)
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Mentanical Communication
Thinking, learning robots have a special means of communication.
(From The Mentanicals [1934] by Francis  Flagg)
Robots capable of mentation - i.e., thought.
(From The Mentanicals [1934] by Francis  Flagg)
Living Machines
Robots that are able to learn.
(From The Mentanicals [1934] by Francis  Flagg)
Magnetic Pinions
Remote control electromagnetic handcuffs.
(From Worlds of Origin [1958] by Jack  Vance)
The Hub
A large space resort consisting of inhabitable bubbles in a metal framework.
(From Worlds of Origin [1958] by Jack  Vance)
Thermodyne Heat Ray
Device focuses, and projects, a heat beam.
(From A Brand New World [1942] by Ray  Cummings)
Voicewriter Screen (Computer Monitor)
A screen that displays characters.
(From Granny Won't Knit [1954] by Theodore  Sturgeon)
Robots need to have special padding on the bottoms of their lower limbs, so they don't clank as they walk.
(From Robot Unwanted [1952] by Daniel  Keyes)
Robotic Conductor
A robot charged with conductor's duties aboard a bus or other public transportation.
(From Paycheck [1953] by Philip K.  Dick)
A robot specialized for use as a stevedore, emptying the contents of ships in port.
(From Robot Unwanted [1952] by Daniel  Keyes)
Robot Manumission
The freeing of a robotic being from a state of being owned property.
(From Robot Unwanted [1952] by Daniel  Keyes)
Robotic Law Tape Safety Valve
A specific impulse that warns robots contemplating breaking the laws set forth for their behavior.
(From Robot Unwanted [1952] by Daniel  Keyes)
Xenephrene Interstellar World
A planet not attached to a solar system.
(From A Brand New World [1942] by Ray  Cummings)
Robot Ramp
A special means of ingress and egress solely for use by mechanical help.
(From Robot Unwanted [1952] by Daniel  Keyes)
A movable bathroom for hire; cost is offset by reclamation.
(From The Water Knife [2015] by Paolo  Bacigalupi)
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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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