Sagramanda by Alan Dean Foster:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Very enjoyable new book creates a detailed and fascinating picture of a near-future India. Taneer Buthlahee has stolen a cutting edge technology; in trying to sell it he disappears into Sagramanda, a chaotic, sprawling supercity of 100 million people that incorporates game preserves, slums, amusement parks, corporate castles and shops. Foster's imagination has a lot to work with; Indian culture provides a great canvas for him. Don't bother with long reviews of this book; just go read it. Select an invention:

Automated Taxi
A driverless taxicab.

Clothing Size Scanner
A device that scanned a living person to determine clothing sizes.

Command Bracelet
A wrist-borne device with a variety of capabilities.

Disperser - back off
Device that gives an electric shock to anyone who touches a vehicle.

Mobile Advertisements - airborne adverts
Advertisements presented in mid-air in public spaces.

Municipal Cattle Remover
A device to pick cattle up and place them in a truck for later dispersion in the countryside.

Pocket Scanner
A device that scans for the codes that will open a vehicle's door on command.

Pocket-Sized Ad-Blocker
A device that prevented targeted advertisements from reaching you.

Traffic Lane Discharger
A device that electrically shocked vehicles whose drivers attempted to evade traffic control devices.

 

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