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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.

Monarch Tractor - It's Electric, Autonomous and Smart
'Driver-optional' and follows gestures. (10/1/2021)
'Seabreeze' Apple And UCLA Project To Beat Depression
'It's illegal to hold back information during a psyche test,' the machine said peevishly.' - Philip K. Dick, 1953. (9/29/2021)
Hovermap By Emesent Autonomous Mapping Works Indoors - and Out
Perfect for exploring ancient artifacts on distant planets. (9/27/2021)
Sono Motor's Sion Sun-Powered Car
'...six square yards of sunpower screens on its low curved roof.' - Robert Heinlein, 1940. (9/25/2021)
LEONARDO Robot Has Legs And Thrusters, Can Skateboard, Slackline
'a walking balloon proceeded with long strides of its aluminum legs over a slant of steep upland.' - George Parsons Lathrop, 1897. (9/23/2021)
Xavier Robots On Patrol For 'Anti-Social Behavior'
'This was as close as a robot could get to a cop in uniform.' Harry Harrison, 1958. (9/21/2021)
Rotating House in Bosnia
'... feel free to turn the house on your own.' - Frank Herbert, 1972. (9/19/2021)
Ingenious Engineer Creates DIY Feeding Robot
'Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.' - Robert Heinlein, 1942. (9/17/2021)
SpaceX Creates 'Tholian Web' Mega Constellation Of Satellites
'We shall not see home again!' - Gene Roddenberry, 1969. (9/15/2021)
Do Smart Glasses Need Forward-Facing Cameras?
'They were stylish, with yellow-tinted lenses and hip frames, but the posts were unusually thick.' - Daniel Suarez, 2009. (9/13/2021)
Adorable One-Seater Electric Car From Wuxi Sinotech
'Noiselessly, on rubber-tired wheels, they journeyed...' - David H. Keller, 1928. (9/11/2021)
Zoom Adds Real-Time, Live Translation
'He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier..' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911. (9/9/2021)
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Individual powered flight.
(From A Journey to the Year 2025 [1921] by Clement  Fezandie)
Vacuum Wall Compartments
Shielding against heat by using walls with evacuated sections.
(From The Achilles Heel [1940] by Raymond Z.  Gallun)
Darkened Glass Face Plate
The use of darkened glass on the face plate of a space suit helmet to protect the wearer from solar radiation.
(From The Achilles Heel [1940] by Raymond Z.  Gallun)
Double-Pane Vacuum Window
Double-pane glass separated by vacuum.
(From The Achilles Heel [1940] by Raymond Z.  Gallun)
Emergency Space-Suit
A compacted space-suit stored for emergency use.
(From Pirates of the Gorm [1932] by Nat  Schachner)
Gravity Beam
An conical attractive ray, it pulls ships to their doom.
(From Wandl, The Invader [1932] by Ray  Cummings)
Robot Self-Assembly
A robot separated into many pieces reassembles itself.
(From Meccano [1968] by Hugo  Correa)
Time Scoop
Retrieved objects from other points in time.
(From Paycheck [1953] by Philip K.  Dick)
Brain Rejuvenation
Erase unnecessary parts of memory to make room for new impressions.
(From The Message From Space [1930] by David M.  Speaker)
Planet City
A planet the surface of which is entirely covered over, forming one single city.
(From The Message From Space [1930] by David M.  Speaker)
Rom (Robot Operated Missiles)
Intercontinental robotic weapons.
(From Breakfast at Twilight [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Snake Boring Truck
A long thin truck like a snake, with a boring tip.
(From Breakfast at Twilight [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Galactic Damping Field
A vast field of force emanating from the center of the galaxy.
(From Brain Wave [1953] by Poul  Anderson)
Meteoric Dust Cloud
A vast cloud in space, through which the solar system moved for a decade.
(From Secret of the Buried City [1939] by John Russell  Fearn)
Menograph (Mind-Writer)
Direct translation of thought to paper.
(From Ralph 124c 41 + [1911] by Hugo  Gernsback)
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FURO Waitress Robot
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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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