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by Philip K. Dick

Paranoid masterpiece by Dick examines what happens when undercover cops ingest illegal drugs that split their personalities, and are then forced to investigate themselves and all of their friends. This dark novel has many streaks of black humor as Dick uses his characters to peel back all of the sordid layers of the addicted personality.

('A Scanner Darkly' by Philip K. Dick)

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IfIHadGlass - I'd Make PKD's Cephscope
   'in Bob Arctor's living room his thousand dollar custom-quality cephscope crafted by Altec...'- Philip K. Dick, 1977.

PKD's Scramble Suit In A Scanner Darkly Movie Trailer
   The new trailer for Philip K. Dick's novel has some cool views of one of my favorite items - the scramble suit.

Hitachi Brain Scanner Fun Toy
   Hitachi lets you look deep into the brain in this fun toy for the family.

EEG Headset Is Parasitic Cephscope
   Now here's a product with multiple uses; entertainment is just as important as medicine. And, there's a PKD-licious bonus feature.

UK Plans Massive Phone, E-Mail Database
   It's so tedious to pick and choose when surveilling citizens; why not just keep track of everything?

Let's Hear It For The Vague Blur!
   Would you feel better if you were a mere blur to the security forces that monitor our nation's security cameras?

Face Recognition Now Sees Through Disguises
   Just when you thought your fake mustache and horn rim glasses were enough, clever software designers march on.

Epoc Headset Brainwave Controller
   Who could have predicted that EEG would become a popular consumer device. Philip K. Dick - who else?

SmartCap Detects Fatigue
   Although I think it needs a buzzer for home use, this device could save lives.

Hair Brush Reads Your Mind
   A whole new kind of consumer brain scanning has been opened up today.

HyperFace Aims To Foil Facial Recognition
   '...A million and a half physiognomic fraction-representations of various people.' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

XWave Apps For iPhone See Brainwaves
   Brainwave sensors for entertainment goes back at least a generation in sf.

Camouflage To Confound Face Recognition
   'The wearer of a scramble suit was Everyman and in every combination.'

RealFace Glamoflage T-Shirt Like PKD's Scramble Suit
   '...a million and a half physiognomic fraction-representations of various people...'- Philip K. Dick, 1977

CV Dazzle Anti-Surveillance Make-Up
   'Let's hear it for the vague blur!'- Philip K. Dick, 1977.

EDSAP Wearable Stroke Detection
   'His Altec cephalochromoscope, around which he had built the pleasure part of his schedule...'- Philip K. Dick, 1977.

UR3 Robot At Work On Copies Of Itself
   'I don't mean that you should construct this ultra-microrobot with your own fingers, of course...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1937.

Moran Cerf, When Will We Get Neuro Tech For Ourselves?
   If brainwave-sensing consumer products tickle your fancy, try real science!

Get Your Own 64 Channel, Dry-Electrode Brain-Computer Headset!
   'they all relaxed and got mellow....' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

Safilo Brain-Sensing Eyewear
   'they all relaxed and got mellow....' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

Wearable MRI Is Former Occulus/Facebook Exec's New Project
   'Your cephalochromoscope... that you always turn on and play when you get home...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

Project KOVR Fashion Protection From Infosphere
   '... the entire shroudlike membrane took on whatever physical characteristics were projected at any nanosecond.' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

Deep Learning Creates New Faces
   'a million and a half physiognomic fraction-representations of various people...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

New Brain Scanner Lets You Move Around
   'In Bob Arctor's living room his thousand dollar custom-quality cephscope crafted by Altec...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

Purdue Pharma Ready To Profit From OxyContin Use Or Addiction Recovery
   'It may be organic damage. It may be permanent. Time'll tell, and only after you are off Substance D for a long while.' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

Neurodevices For Consumers? Neuroethicists (And Philip K Dick) Say 'Caveat Emptor'
   'They tried to use it today and it wouldn't work. No colors and no ceph patterns, neither one...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

Adversarial Pattern Shirts Confound Object Detection Systems
   Ah, to be a vague blur!

CGI 'Master Faces' Impersonate Several Identities
   'As the computer looped through its banks, it projected every conceivable eye color, hair color, shape and type of nose...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

NextSense Earbuds Spy On Your Brain
   'Your cephalochromoscope that cost you nine hundred dollars... colors and ceph patterns...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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