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A New Way To Run Into Things

One of my favorite ideas from the science fiction of Jack Vance is from his 1971 novel The Anome. In the book, he envisions a tiny pocket-sized projector.

Ifness drew from his pocket a tube of dull black metal an inch in diameter, four inches long. Along the flattened top a number of knobs caught the light and glittered in Ifness' hand. He made an adjustment, pointed the tube at the wall beside Etzwane, and projected a cone of light.

Etzwane had never seen a photograph so detailed
(Read more about Vance's Pocket Display Projector)

And cue the video, from reality:


(A brand new way to run into things)

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