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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.

Sleeep PRO Earplug For Maximum Rest
'Merton... placed the electrodes of the sleep-inducer on his forehead.' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1963. (9/9/2018)
Inspired By Japan, Nap Pods For Hajj
It's always a good time for a nap. (9/7/2018)
Amphibio 3D Printed Gill Shirt
'... we can descend and live down there at one of those year-round aquatic resorts.' - Philip K. Dick, 1966. (9/5/2018)
How Do You Put An Asteroid Into Earth Orbit? Carefully!
'...she would have to be coaxed by another series of pats into a circular orbit.' - Robert Heinlein, 1939. (9/3/2018)
PD Aerospace Space Plane By 2023
'The sleek, tapered space shuttle lay immobile upon the private landing field...' - Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr., 1940. (9/1/2018)
Foldimate Folds Your Clothes Perfectly
Look ma, my room is clean! I can hear you now. (8/29/2018)
Robots Help People Get Dressed, As Predicted In 1931
Yes, people of the future, robots will dress you. (8/27/2018)
International Space Station Leak Plugged - With Finger
'These tag-alongs search out stray leaks' - Robert Heinlein, 1948. (8/25/2018)
Robot Snake Flies, Fights Fires
Just a prototype, but shows real promise. (8/23/2018)
IPAL Chinese Robot Babysitter
'But Nanny is different...' - Philip K. Dick, 1955. (8/21/2018)
ZKZM-500 LASER Assault Rifle
'The Iranian reached back into the locker and got a pair of laserifles.' - Poul Anderson, 1966. (8/19/2018)
LA Subway Scanner, As Seen In 'Total Recall'
'I'm afraid to tell you this Mr. Quaid, but you have suffered a schizoed embolism...' (8/17/2018)
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Flexible Sprung Boots
Boots designed to be flexible when walking, but upon a hard step, will have a spring characteristic.
(From Inherit the Stars [1977] by James P.  Hogan)
Identification Beacon
Radio pulse to identify orbiting craft.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Heliocar
Ground vehicle that can also lift off like a helicopter.
(From The Prince of Space [1931] by Jack  Williamson)
FTL
Abbreviation for "faster than light".
(From The Enchanted Forest [1950] by Fritz  Leiber)
Search-Bug
An exploratory robot.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Rocket Tug
The equivalent of a tug boat for space ships.
(From Crystalized Thought [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Repulsor Screen
Diverts troublesome asteroids.
(From Crystalized Thought [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Plani-Glass
Transparent and light and has the tensile strength of steel!
(From Crystalized Thought [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Automatic Factory
Manufacturing facility that functions entirely autonomously.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Poldek
Ability to sense life.
(From The Saga of Pelican West [1937] by Eric Frank  Russell)
Photo-Electric Mosaic
A means of capturing astronomical images.
(From Beyond Which Limits [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Mercy Gas
Breathe it and die.
(From The Saga of Pelican West [1937] by Eric Frank  Russell)
Magnetic Anchor
A means of affixing an anchor point on a spacecraft hull.
(From The Saga of Pelican West [1937] by Eric Frank  Russell)
Automatic Ore Cart
An autonomous truck for raw ore processing.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Pizzled (Semantic Garble)
Use of nonsensical statements to deliberately confuse an artificial intelligence.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
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Planetary Parks Proposed For Mars Conservatio
A set of seven 'planetary parks' have been proposed for the conservation of the martian environment by two European scientists. (Re: Alfred Bester)

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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