James Blish:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
James Blish was born in New Jersey in 1921; he died in 1975. He had a BA in microbiology and served as a medical technician in WWII. He won a Hugo in 1959 for A Case of Conscience.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Spindizzy - pick up your town and go
A device that made use of a relationship between electron spin, electromagnetism and gravity allowed any object to leave the Earth's surface.

Cities in Flight (1957)

Teleoperated Beetle Car
A remotely-operated robotic vehicle that permitted telepresence.

Cities in Flight (1957)

Teleoperated Lab Robot
A robot is used to conduct experiments in an environment too extreme for humans.

Cities in Flight (1957)

Tin Cabby (Flying Robotic Taxi) - mechacab
An autonomously controlled flying taxi cab.

Cities in Flight (1957)

Toposcope
A special helmet used in a form of sleep teaching.

Cities in Flight (1957)

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