Communication in Science Fiction
(Technovelgy items at top: skip down to News)


Author (Publication Date)

Philip K. Dick (Ace)
Carl Sagan (1985)
Garrett P. Serviss (1898)
Stephen Baxter (2008)
Ursula LeGuin (1966)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
John Ringo (2000)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Arthur K. Barnes (1938)
David Brin (1990)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
H.G. Wells (1899)
Douglas Adams (1979)
Frank Herbert (1965)
William Gibson (1986)
Frank Herbert (1981)
Larry Niven (1998)
Bruce Sterling (1998)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Roger Zelazny (1982)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Frank Herbert (1964)
Frank Herbert (1964)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
George Lucas (1976)
Keith Laumer (1982)
Philip K. Dick (Ace)
Jules Verne (1867)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven) (1981)
Robert J. Sawyer (2003)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Carl Jacobi (1938)
Greg Bear (2009)
Eric Frank Russell (1955)
Frank Herbert (1981)
James Blish (1957)
Samuel R. Delany (1966)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
James Tiptree, Jr. (1974)
David Brin (1990)
Arthur C. Clarke (1961)
Iain M Banks (2004)
Greg Bear (2009)
Dan Simmons (1989)
Frank Herbert (1965)
J.G. Ballard (1963)
John Varley (1984)
Arthur C. Clarke (1945)
John Varley (1977)
Ray Bradbury (1953)
John Brunner (1975)
Edward Page Mitchell (1879)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Frank Herbert (1972)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
George O. Smith (1942)
Neal Stephenson (2008)
Stanislaw Lem (1961)
Vernor Vinge (2006)
Philip K. Dick (Ace)
Sydney Fowler Wright (Collins So)
Jane Webb Loudon (1828)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
George O. Smith (1952)
Clifford Simak (1951)
Frank Herbert (1965)
James Blish (1958)
Larry Niven (1998)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Nat Schachner (1937)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Richard Morgan (2003)
H.G. Wells (1923)
H.G. Wells (1899)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Francis Flagg (1932)
Larry Niven (1972)
Bruce Sterling (1984)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Jules Verne (1889)
Michael Flynn (1918)
Philip K. Dick (1974)
George Parsons Lathrop (1879)
Robert Heinlein (1953)
Manly Wade Wellman (1940)
William Gibson (1986)
Robert Heinlein (1948)
Vernor Vinge (1981)
John Varley (1983)
Roger Zelazny (1967)
Edmond Hamilton (1938)
Alfred Bester (1974)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
Jack Williamson (1938)
David H. Keller (1928)
Sean McKee (2004)
Don Wilcox (1939)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
Isaac Asimov (1944)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Greg Egan (1991)
Ray Bradbury (1953)
Iain M Banks (2004)
Frank Herbert (1969)
L. Sprague de Camp (1940)
Nat Schachner (1937)
Robert Heinlein (1953)
David H. Keller (1934)
Nat Schachner (1941)
George Orwell (1948)
Robert Heinlein (1953)
Ray Bradbury (1953)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
Robert Heinlein (1961)
E.B. White (1950)
Douglas Adams (1979)
Ray Bradbury (1951)
Harlan Ellison (1974)
Bruce Sterling (1998)
Clifford Simak (1961)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Frederik Pohl (1954)
Edmond Hamilton (1942)
Hugo Gernsback (1911)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
James Schmitz (1949)
Hugo Gernsback (1911)
Bob Olsen (1929)
John W. Campbell (1931)
Bob Olsen (1929)
Daniel Suarez (2009)
Frank Herbert (1965)
John Brunner (1975)
Alan Nourse (w/Meyer) (1958)
John Varley (1983)
Frank Stockton (1901)
Larry Niven (1970)
Frank Herbert (1972)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Jack Vance (1976)
Don Wilcox (1940)
Roger Zelazny (1970)
H. Beam Piper (1952)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1937)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
Lester del Rey (1939)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
David H. Keller (1934)
E.M. Forster (1909)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Brian Herbert (1969)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Chris Wooding (2006)
William Gibson (1996)
Philip K. Dick (1954)
D.K. Moran (1987)
Alfred Bester (1956)
Jules Verne (1864)
H.G. Wells (1923)
H.G. Wells (1936)
Philip K. Dick (1964)
Gregory Benford (1989)
John Barnes (1994)

Related Science Fiction in the News

BloxVox Mutes Cellphone Convos
'had he not been talking into a hush-a-phone which he had plugged into the telephone jack...' - Robert Heinlein, 1940.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/1/2019 )
Sonitus Audio Interface Positioned Beyond The Noise
'... an instrument having relatively small bit pieces adapted to be gripped between the teeth.' - Hugo Gernsback, 1923.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 11/28/2018 )
FlexPai Foldable Phone By Royole
'...A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled.' - William Gibson, 1986.
(re: William Gibson, 11/5/2018 )
BrainNet Social Network Of Brains
'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it' - Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
(re: Pournelle and Niven, 9/25/2018 )
Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) Workshop
SF writers have thought about this since the 19th century.
(re: Jules Verne, 6/5/2018 )
Burner Generates Temporary Phone Numbers
'Interesting phone system he's got, by the way...' - John Varley, 1984.
(re: John Varley, 3/26/2018 )
HushMe Bluetooth Device Reinvents The Hush-A-Phone
'Talking into a hush-a-phone which he had plugged into the telephone jack...' - Robert Heinlein, 1940.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/3/2018 )
Ubiquiti FrontRow Camera Records Your Life
Why be choosy? Just upload your whole life to the Internet, and be done with it.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 11/1/2017 )
SmileCloud Bubloons Are Custom Clouds
'Spurgle kicked at the letter G... It was a monstrous white thing, ten feet thick, half a city block long...' - Alan Nelson, 1953.
(re: Alan Nelson, 10/29/2017 )
Fog Computing (AKA Edge Computing) Ad Hoc Networks
'The tiny devices chirped their impulse codes at one another...' - Vernor Vinge, 1999.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 10/11/2017 )
Biggest HiSeas 'Mars Mission' Problem? No Internet
I think sf writers have this covered!
(re: Harry Gore Bishop, 9/16/2017 )
Sansar Social Virtual Reality Platform In 2017?
'And just as a daydreamer forgets his actual surroundings, and sees other realities...' - Vernor VInge, 1981.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 7/16/2017 )
Publishing Technologies In Science Fiction
In response to a reader question, a set of links related to publishing technologies in science fiction
(re: Various, 7/8/2017 )
Hurdl PIXL Wearable Helps Fans Connect With Stars
Like Macross Plus!
(re: Various, 10/24/2016 )
Advertising Drones Hover Over Traffic In Mexico
'Blurbflies are allowd to travel the streets, buzzing their adverts alive and direct...' - Jeff Noon, 2000.
(re: Jeff Noon, 10/11/2016 )
Audiobooks - Fastest Growing Format In Publishing
'The public preferred lectons...' - Stanislaw Lem, 1961.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 7/2/2016 )
Douglas Adams Your Babel Fish Is Ready - The Pilot By Waverly
'You'll need to have this fish in your ear.' - Douglas Adams, 1979.
(re: Douglas Adams, 5/12/2016 )
Cortana Clip - The New In-Ear Wearables
'And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight...' - Ray Bradbury, 1953.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 4/2/2016 )
FlexEnable OLED Bracelet SmartPhone Concept
'The tiny screen in the bracelet's center...' - Roger Zelazny, 1980.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 3/8/2016 )
The 'Internet Of Touch' For Telemedicine
'Immediately an enormous apparatus fell on to her out of the ceiling...' - EM Forster, 1909.
(re: EM Forster, 1/3/2016 )
Deep Speech 2: Mandarin and English Recognized
'the words came to the ear in perfect English...' - Frank Stockton, 1901.
(re: Frank Stockton, 12/20/2015 )
Netflix Smart Socks Know When You Doze Off
'Presently the speed control slipped out of her relaxed fingers, the lights went out and she slept.' - Robert Heinlein,
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/13/2015 )
Tesla Suit Gives Haptic Hugs
'Then a pressure on the lips...' - Frederik Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 11/10/2015 )
Surreal iPhone Ad Video Parody Channels Dick, Heinlein
'... the audio relay is buried surgically...'- Robert Heinlein, 1951.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/4/2015 )
Periscope App Signals End Of Journalism
'Jerry berry... panned the camera...'- Larry Niven, 1972.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/20/2015 )
Students Control Lab Experiments Remotely Via App
'Hello, Europa... Is this your robot I'm looking at, in sector 94?'- James Blish, 1957.
(re: James Blish, 2/25/2015 )
OMOTE Face Hackers At Work Video
'...a video-manicuring program came on line.'- Bruce Sterling, 1985.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 1/26/2015 )
SETI Workshop On Communicating Across The Cosmos
'...heard every word, not only locally, but wherever in the whole universe that there's a Dirac transceiver'- James Blish, 1957.
(re: James Blish, 11/2/2014 )
High Fidelity Produces More Expressive Avatars!
'They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other...'- Neal Stephenson, 1992.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 10/24/2014 )
Nexus 6 Phone Vs. Nexus-6 Android Comparison
'Ten million possible combinations of cerebral activity'- Philip K. Dick, 1968. (Includes a preview of Nexus-7!)
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/26/2014 )
India's Commuters Face Philip K Dick's 'Sales Pitch' Future
'All around him the vague half-defined echoes of ads glittered and gibbered...'- Philip K. Dick, 1954.
(re: Philip K Dick, 7/1/2014 )
Secret Service Wants Sarcasm-Detection Software
There must be some website able to help them.
(re: Matt Groening, 6/4/2014 )
Skype's Translator Like Gernsback's Language Rectifier
'He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier on his instrument till the pointer rested on French.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1911.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 5/29/2014 )
Thailand's Chatterbox Social Media App Influences Content
'He adjusted the n, the r and b knobs, and hopefully anticipated a turn for the better in the dire droning-on of the speech...' Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/5/2014 )
Dolphin Whistle Translator
'Louis could hear the other translator discs whistling softly in Puppeteer, snarling quietly in the Hero's Tongue.'- Larry Niven, 1970.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/1/2014 )
Multi-Party Quantum Communication Possible
'The cops have heard every word... wherever in the whole universe that there's a Dirac transceiver.'- James Blish, 1957.
(re: James Blish, 3/26/2014 )
USC Google Glass Journalism - As Seen On Star Trek: Generations
'Jerryberry talked rapidly to himself while he panned the camera...'- Larry Niven, 1972.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/25/2014 )
Can You Detect The Robot Journalist?
'... A vast complex electronic organism buried deep in the ground.'- Philip K. Dick, 1963.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/11/2014 )
Pop Secret Pop Dongle Lets You Smell The Corn A Poppin' On Your Smartphone
'The joymaker in his hand hissed and sprayed him with something...'- Frederik Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 1/27/2014 )
Transparent Smartphone Prototype From Polytron
See through this future phone in a video.
(re: H.G. Wells, 7/8/2013 )
Not Going To Google IO
'Those who could not come in person would watch these proceedings via the glittering transmitter eyes...'- Frank Herbert, 1977.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/26/2013 )
Dead Cellphone? Try Solar-Powered Public Charging Stations
'Then he saw the geek ... leaning against one of the slender stalks of a sunshade-photocell collector...'- David Brin, 1990.
(re: David Brin, 6/15/2013 )
Rats Communicate Brain-to-Brain
'Very useful gadget, but you can communicate with a computer about as well with a good briefcase console.'- Pournelle and Niven, 1981.
(re: Pournelle & Niven, 3/1/2013 )
Microsoft Demos Spoken English To Chinese 'Universal Translator'
Researchers at Microsoft Research and the University of Toronto made a breakthrough using a technique called Deep Neural Networks.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/9/2012 )
Kyocera Speakerless Smartphone (ala Gernsback)
For once, an sf author filed a patent on a great idea - Hugo Gernsback saw this one coming.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 5/10/2012 )
Wavii Follows Your Selected News
SF writers have been fascinated with the idea of personalized news for a long time.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 4/23/2012 )
Live from ISS On NASA In HD
SF fans are familiar with this idea.
(re: Michael Swanwick, 1/18/2012 )
Project Black Mirror Thought-Controlled iPhone
Think and communicate - with Siri on your iPhone.
(re: Pournelle & Niven, 11/19/2011 )
NTT DoCoMo Auto Japanese - English Translation
Close to real time translation service lets you converse in either language.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 11/12/2011 )
BBC's iPhone App For Field Reporters
The BBC is adapting the iPhone for their own journalistic purposes.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/13/2011 )
Origami Phone Like Ultraviolet
This lightweight, foldable phone concept might come to a kiosk near you.
(re: Various, 6/1/2011 )
Newstweek Notification Distorter
This small device allows the hacker to subtly distort web page information.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/31/2011 )
Kiss Transmission Device Latest In Electro-Communication
Actually, based on the video, I'd have to call it a 'French kissing' device.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 5/9/2011 )
PaperPhone Uses Bend Gestures
Fascinating prototype uses a unique gestural interface.
(re: William Gibson, 5/7/2011 )
PocketCop Data Warehouse From Verizon
Bringing police work into the 21st century.
(re: Charles Stross, 4/10/2011 )
Location History Dashboard By Google
Make a map of your steps and check the statistics.
(re: Jack Williamson, 4/7/2011 )
The Interplanetary Internet
This idea is going to get off the ground sooner or later - Vint Cerf thinks sooner would be better.
(re: Harry Gore Bishop, 2/20/2011 )
'The Daily' iPad App Is A Padloid
Slick, understandable user interface, lots of content and (finally) an aggressive price model makes this app worth a look.
(re: John Varley, 2/2/2011 )
Ad-Supported Free Telephone Calls
To make a free international call, just listen to a short ad or two. For now.
(re: J.G. Ballard, 1/12/2011 )
Wet Kissing Cell Phone Prototype
Skip all that texting and smiley faces nonsense; these cell phone prototypes deliver the emotional goods.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 12/15/2010 )
Army Wrist Display Uses 4.3 Inch OLED
Field trials of this thin, lightweight and ruggedized communications device are underway.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 10/15/2010 )
When Do I Get My Language Rectifier?
Two giant corporations, each with their own approach to the problem, each with vast resources.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 10/13/2010 )
NEC Billboard Minority Report-Style
John Anderton - I'm a billboard, and I can guess your gender, age and ethnicity while you walk by, and show you an appropriate ad.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 10/5/2010 )
VW Talking Newspaper Ad
The newspapers have finally started talking back.
(re: Greg Bear, 9/21/2010 )
Apple Live Streaming Fail
In which Apple makes a promise and then fails to deliver.
(re: Edmond Hamilton, 9/1/2010 )
M-Dress Has Phone, SIM Card And Antenna Embedded
This dress is a wearable phone.
(re: Murray Leinster, 8/21/2010 )
Murdoch To Create Digital News-Paper
In which Rupert Murdoch demonstrates his mastery of future technology.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 8/15/2010 )
Tiered Internet: Google/Verizon Deal/No Deal
Is net neutrality over?
(re: John Brunner, 8/5/2010 )
'Intuitive Navigation' Augmented Reality For Smartphones
Find your way around the natural, intuitive way. With your smartphone.
(re: Various, 8/2/2010 )
Amazon Sells More Ebooks Than Hardcovers
'I spent the afternoon in a bookstore. There were no books in it.'
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 7/19/2010 )
NTT Real-Time Voice Transcriber
Note-taking in long boring meetings will be a thing of the past, thanks to NTT.
(re: David H. Keller, 7/7/2010 )
Google Android Language Rectifier
Hugo Gernsback wrote about it a century ago; now a major phone platform offers it for free. And it works!
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 5/20/2010 )
Cellphone Inventor Cooper Trails Heinlein Again
RAH called this one too, almost sixty years ago.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/26/2010 )
Make Way For The Padloids
Sure, we've been shown the high-concept version of news on a tablet computer. But what about bringing the real news stand into the digital age?
(re: John Varley, 2/21/2010 )
Tweeting Tree Like Blish's Message Tree
I've heard of whispering pines, but twittering trees? Sony Ericsson does it again.
(re: James Blish, 2/17/2010 )
Robust Automatic Translation Of Speech DARPA's Universal Translator
I am fluent in six million forms of communication. I am a small yellow fish. I also work for DARPA. What am I?
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 2/16/2010 )
Google Translator Phone Is Ralph 124c 41 + Approved
Although the technology could take many years to perfect, Hugo Gernsback's 1911 dream of talking in English to French girls may yet come true.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 2/10/2010 )
SIRI Virtual Assistant Like Pohl's Joymaker
If this iPhone app actually does what it says on the tin, this really is Frederik Pohl's joymaker come to life.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 2/5/2010 )
HDTV Videophone From LG And Panasonic
I'm not sure whether marketing departments have asked whether people really want to be seen in high definition on their videophone.
(re: E.M. Forster, 1/14/2010 )
Nozzl Real-Time Local News
Interesting experiment in real-time, localized automated news.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 1/7/2010 )
Mendeley Research Tool Like iTunes Genius
If this site can bring interactive social networking and iTunes-style genius recommendations to the scientific community, it could be the biggest thing since the Royal Academy was founded.
(re: Various, 9/20/2009 )
Polaris Robot Mobile Phone Prototype Unveiled
Sometimes I'm too lazy to find my cell phone cradle, but I don't know if it needs to find me. Besides, the Cellular Phone Robot (2007) prototype has more functionality.
(re: Various, 9/10/2009 )
LG Watchphone Now Available
You read about it last year, but now you can buy one - if you live in Britain.
(re: Chester Gould, 8/22/2009 )
Android Glass Desk Phone
I'm really in retro gadget heaven now; this is totally an update for one of my favorite work phones at Northern Telecom back in the 1980's.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 8/21/2009 )
In-Flight Wi-Fi Gives Me Clarke Moment
Actually, yes, Arthur C. Clarke's vision of checking the news on a tablet computer while in flight can be improved upon...
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 8/10/2009 )
Facial Expression And Mannerism 'Cloning' By Computer
The cloning of facial expression and mannerisms can now be accomplished in real time; better be careful who (or what) you are doing that video chat with.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/1/2009 )
Google Wave Tide Of Collaboration Now Ashore
Google introduces a new kind of computer mediated conversation today in San Francisco.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 5/28/2009 )
iRobot Ember Crawling Microbot
Paperback book-sized microrobot will serve as a mobile platform for a variety of applications, including ad hoc networks. Just toss and boot up. Video included.
(re: Various, 5/18/2009 )
Navman Spirt TV Satellite Navigation Dashboard TV
So how come I can't watch TV on the display in my hybrid car? What's wrong with having a dashboard TV?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 5/17/2009 )
Silent Talk 'Telepathy' For Soldiers
DARPA seems determined to provide soldiers with the ability to communicate with thoughts alone.
(re: L.F. Stone, 5/16/2009 )
ETICA Already Missed These SF Comm Predictions
Boffins form group to predict the next Twitter; they're already too late to predict these communication breakthroughs, since sf authors have already done so.
(re: Various, 4/16/2009 )
Interactive Digital Billboards Controlled By Phones
I had some thoughts about this variation on the Minority Report-style billboard that takes your info whether you want to share or not. With video.
(re: Stephen Spielberg, 3/25/2009 )
'Virtual Cocoon' Virtual Reality Helmet
When you think virtual reality, whom do you think of? Clarke, Bradbury, Dick, Roddenberry? This helmet engages all five senses.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 3/5/2009 )
Newspapers Doomed - SF Writers
Do you think that newspapers have a future? SF writers aren't so sure; Cory Doctorow is just the latest.
(re: Cory Doctorow, 2/24/2009 )
Skynet Now Generating Paralinguistic Phenomena Via Markup In Text-to-Speech Syntheses
New IBM speech tech simulates human speech so well, you may not be able to judge by voice alone whether it is your mother - or a Terminator.
(re: Various, 2/3/2009 )
NTT Billboards Are Watching You Look
When every surface is covered with ads, how can a business see if passersby are looking at their particular ad?
(re: Various, 12/18/2008 )
Kickbee Fetal Twitter Posting
I was thinking of calling this article 'Tweets from Web 3.0' but it's just a prototype anyway. Nothing ever came of prototypes...
(re: Various, 12/12/2008 )
TroopTube: YouTube For Military And Families
The U.S. military takes a cautious step into interactive social media for use by troops and families.
(re: Varioius, 11/13/2008 )
Vlingo Voice-Enabled Blackberry Smartphone
This company seems to think the same way that Frederik Pohl did in 1965; voice is the best interface for a smartphone.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 11/8/2008 )
Mobile Satellite Ventures Hybrid Satellite Network
MSV is starting to move into areas outlined by engineer and sf writer George O. Smith two generations ago.
(re: George O. Smith, 11/8/2008 )
Lower Limit Of Quantum Communication Speed
Interesting work determines a lower limit for the impossible communication that Einstein called 'spooky action at a distance.'
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 9/4/2008 )
What Apple Could Learn From SF: iPhone As Mediator
There is a lesson for Steve Jobs and Apple regarding iPhone success; science fiction fans already know it.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 8/27/2008 )
Our Futuristic Data-Net Is In Trouble
Several articles have come out recently about how the U.S. is falling behind the most advanced nations in the area of Internet broadband. Our sf was more advanced, anyway.
(re: Murray Leinster, 8/13/2008 )
MEDUSA Controls Crowds By Talking Inside Their Heads
Device uses microwave audio effect in a manner similar to that proposed by the Overlords from Clarke's Childhood's End.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 7/7/2008 )
Citysense Nightlife Indicator
Interesting cellphone app will let you find out where the wild things are - the places where the most people are congregating in a city.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/3/2008 )
Sqish Alt Sat Dish Vanishes With Sqishoflage
Interesting camouflaged satellite dish is not a dish - it's a Sqish.
(re: Various, 6/30/2008 )
Acoustic Time Reversal Underwater Broadband
New technology advances the science of transmitting data underwater; will this lead to free WiFi in Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park?
(re: Rockne S. O'Bannon, 6/27/2008 )
'Skin-Tenna' Signal Broadcast By Largest Human Organ
Interesting concept uses a 'creeping wave effect' to broadcast signals sideways along the surface of your skin.
(re: Various, 6/19/2008 )
Scented Text Messages - Imagine The Possibilities
Oh, it's coming alright. To a cell phone near you. And you will remember with fondness the days when you only had to LISTEN to the person's conversation.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 5/2/2008 )
Disappearing Ink On Self-Blanking Paper
Amazing invention has me completely baffled; or maybe I've just been reading too much Philip K. Dick lately.
(re: Various, 4/29/2008 )
MIT 'Quickies' RFID Transmit Paper
These nifty post-it notes can communicate to your computer world.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/25/2008 )
NTT's Firmo Body Network Touch Communication
NTT gets a jump on everyone by releasing its Firmo human body networking hardware.
(re: Various, 4/24/2008 )
Universal Translator, Babelfish Possible
The idea of a real-life universal translator is usually applied to a human language translator. But what about translating actual alien communication?
(re: Larry Niven, 4/24/2008 )
DoCoMo Cell Phones Mobile Fragrance Equipped
Believe me, sending a list of fragrances over the phone is only the beginning.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 4/10/2008 )
When Slamhounds Attack
Pretty good video not only presents sfnal inventions from the past two generations, but tells you how to solve any problems arising from the use thereof.
(re: William Gibson, 4/9/2008 )
High Technology In Vintage Ad Style
Here's an idea - what would it look like if you tried to sell cellphones and Segways at the end of the 19th century?
(re: Various, 4/7/2008 )
Modu Cell Phone Module Adds Connectivity To Everything
The remarkable Modu is a transformational cell phone concept; use it to add connectivity to practically anything - with the right sleeve.
(re: Various, 3/15/2008 )
Audeo Neckband Voiceless Phone Calls
The new neckband allows you to 'think' and speak. This will really mess up the 'Can you hear me now?' cell phone pitch; you'll just watch the guy sitting there.
(re: David Brin, 3/14/2008 )
Should Website Advertisers Know Your Name?
John Anderton! Your future ads are ready for you now, John Anderton. We do all this for you, John Anderton!
(re: Steven Spielberg, 3/12/2008 )
Mars Phoenix Lander On Wide World Of Mars
This is an amazing use of resources - who knew we had so many resources on Mars?
(re: Harry Gore Bishop, 3/3/2008 )
iPhones For Freshmen At ACU
This video shows some near-future applications for iPhones that will be used by freshmen at ACU this fall.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 2/28/2008 )
Nokia Morph Cell Phone Concept
The funny thing about this advanced concept is that parts of it are already available from other cell phone makers.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/26/2008 )
Readius Cell Phone 5-Inch Fold Out Display
This Philips product will actually be available this year
(re: William Gibson, 1/21/2008 )
'Inaudibility Cloak' Is Theoretically Possible
Can you think of some good uses for a cloaking device that hides you, or an object, acoustically?
(re: Various, 1/11/2008 )
KissPhone Misses First By Forty Years
This particular cell phone concept is too late to claim the prize for a cell phone through which one can exchange a kiss.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 1/8/2008 )
Fingersight Synesthesia Machine
Fascinating haptic interface device lets you feel what you can see; Rudy Rucker wrote about something quite similar about twenty years ago.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 1/3/2008 )
Mobile Social Networking Near You
Interesting networking software tries to bring useful information about that person right over there to your cell phone.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/26/2007 )
Klausner iPhone Voicemail Suit Neglects SF Prior Art
I'm no patent lawyer, but I think that Frederik Pohl described a system like Apple's iPhone voicemail in 1965, and I don't hear him asking for money from Apple.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 12/5/2007 )
NEC Translator Cellphone Turns Japanese To English
This is a very cool translator technology; can you think of additional sf references?
(re: Larry Niven, 12/4/2007 )
Robo-Rucksack: Six-Year-Old Designs Talking 'Smart Backpack'
This clever and innovative backpack (or rucksack, as they say in the UK) was designed by an elementary school child.
(re: Frank Herbert, 11/10/2007 )
NEC Develops Wideband Wearable Antenna
Many science-fictional gadgets depend on being tiny, and yet they can easily receive transmissions from great distances. Now, we know where the antenna is.
(re: Various, 11/1/2007 )
DoCoMo S0703i Smellular Phone Makes Scents
This is one phone that lets you smell the ... well, maybe not roses, but at least you can smell something as you go through your day.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 10/23/2007 )
Bone Conduction Cell Phone
Who would think of a bone conduction phone. Besides Pantech - RAH, that's who.
(re: robert Heinlein, 10/19/2007 )
Avatars To Walk Between Virtual Worlds
In Hindu theology, avatars can pass freely between worlds; soon, computer avatars may do the same.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 10/11/2007 )
Wellness Mobile Phone Personal Trainer In A Cellphone
If it wasn't so personal and polite, I might think that having a personal trainer connected to the phone company is a bit intrusive.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 10/10/2007 )
Cell Phone Tower Equipment Sheds Way Station-Style
I'm reaching a bit for this one, but I still think it's cool.
(re: Clifford Simak, 9/10/2007 )
GOOG-411 Google's Free Talking Phone Search
This new beta service from Google gets you your 411 free of charge, thanks to advanced voice recognition and local search.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 8/23/2007 )
Gesture-Controlled TV Update
Now you can control your TV with gestures, not just make gestures at your TV.
(re: Various, 7/16/2007 )
Web Photos Now Have Zero Credibility
Now anyone can rewrite history, taking only seconds for each precious photo.
(re: George Orwell, 7/11/2007 )
Internet Routing In Space Now, Venus Equilateral Station Later
Sooner or later, there's going to be a real communications network up there - George O. Smith knew it in 1942.
(re: George O. Smith, 4/15/2007 )
Remote-Controlled Pigeon Could Enable DSL
Cyborg pigeons fill the skies! Okay, there is one prototype pigeon, but it seems to work.
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/11/2007 )
Internet Kiosks Around The World
Everywhere you go, there you are - on the Internet.
(re: Various, 1/24/2007 )
Motorola AUDEX Jacket With Sleeve Controls
Love those Leinster sleeve controls; the jacket does have a 1940's appeal to it.
(re: Murray Leinster, 1/19/2007 )
Cellular Phone Robot And iPhone - Joymaker Wannabes
Pohl's amazing joymaker from his 1965 novel still exceeds the vision presented for cellphones - but not by much.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 1/17/2007 )
Advertising-Funded Cellphone Content
Free phone service may be coming whether you like it or not. The system depends on it.
(re: J.G. Ballard, 1/17/2007 )
Butterfly Wing Phone Screen
This unusual design has the virtue of being realizable with today's technology.
(re: William Gibson, 12/8/2006 )
Earth Barcoded For Alien Convenience
A seemingly innocent art project meant to get you thinking about our real and virtual worlds is so much more, if you know how to look at it.
(re: Jules Verne, 12/7/2006 )
BluScreen Minority Report Ads
Minority Report-style ads are back again; we may not be able to avoid this one.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 9/13/2006 )
Nokia Silence Booth - Shh!
If only someone would install these everywhere...
(re: Robert Heinlein, 9/1/2006 )
Sea-Eye Underwater Broadband Wireless Network
Undersea broadband wireless may get better soon.
(re: Various, 6/28/2006 )
K-NFB Portable Text To Speech
Inventor Ray Kurzweil has portable text to speech ready - how long ago did sf writers think about this idea?
(re: David H. Keller, 6/27/2006 )
Wrist Phone Sighted
One day, we'll have Dick Tracy's wrist radio. This isn't quite it, but it's got a cool look and a nice display.
(re: Various, 6/23/2006 )
The Future Of Cell Phones
The cell phones of the future - probably still drop calls, but they will look extremely cool doing it.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 6/20/2006 )
Chant Disruptor At Stadium Near You?
Here's how to cut that disruptive audience down to size.
(re: Various, 5/15/2006 )
RFID Sensor Tag Shower For Disasters
A snowstorm of RFID tags could help save lives in a disaster.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 3/20/2006 )
Eurotech Zypad Wrist Wearable PC Beats Tracy's
Calling all cars - the Zypad is available now! Not just a radio, but a Linux or Windows CE device.
(re: Chester Gould, 3/14/2006 )
LongPen By Unotchit: Margaret Atwood's Telautograph For Book Signing
Science fiction writer Margaret Atwood has created a device that makes real one of Hugo Gernsback's dreams of almost a century ago.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 2/19/2006 )
MASTOR Provides Real-Time Speech Translation
Real-time speech translation from one language to another; is the world ready for one of Gernsback's 1911 language rectifiers?
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 1/26/2006 )
Bluetooth Star Trek Communicator On eBay (Again!)
I couldn't resist checking out yet another working Star Trek communicator for sale on Ebay.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 8/1/2005 )
Cellphone Towers: Modern Day 'Message Trees'
Cellphone towers disguised as trees? Sounds like the message tree from a 1958 James Blish novel.
(re: James Blish, 5/1/2005 )
Siemens Communicator Badge: Trek-style Communicator
The device can be worn like a badge, or on a lanyard around your neck. Commands from the user are transmitted via Bluetooth to a central home communications server. The server uses proprietary voice recognition software to convert your voice commands
(re: Star Trek, 3/17/2005 )
Speegle Serves Up Verbal Search Results
Let Speegle read your search results in a restful voice.
(re: Harlan Ellison, 1/19/2005 )
Toshiba Ubiquitous Viewer Lets Phones Control PCs
Toshiba says it has developed software to let users control computers in their homes or offices from their mobile phones.
(re: William Gibson, 1/19/2005 )
Saudi Arabian Mobile Phones
The Islamic Saudi Mobile Phone has a number of unusual, built-in features to serve the religious needs of its intended audience - faithful Muslims. It will provide Qibla direction as well as prayer times in over 5,000 cities worldwide.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 1/12/2005 )
Bring On The Hush-A-Phone!
We've all read about the studies being conducted on the airlines, that perhaps one day soon we will all be forced to sit cheek-by-jowl with people who will conduct loud conversations on their cell phones. Isn't there some way to fend off this disaste
(re: Robert Heinlein, 1/3/2005 )
Universal Whistling Machine - The Future Of Non-Verbal Communications
Canadian artists Marc Bohlen and J.T. Rinker want to change the way that you interact with your favorite electronic devices. Tired of tiny keyboards, poor speech recognition or incomprehensible interfaces?
(re: George Lucas, 12/8/2004 )
AlertBox Wireless Device Warns The Neighbors
A wireless device called an AlertBox is going on sale in the United Kingdom this week; it allows neighbors to warn each other about "dodgy characters" on their street.
(re: Jack Vance, 11/1/2004 )
Slow Light Will Speed Communications
Physicists at the NIST believe that a new class of light soliton may help speed up communications networks.
(re: L. Sprague de Camp, 10/29/2004 )
Sky Ear: Mobile Phones and Helium Balloons
Sky Ear on May 4th - a glowing "cloud" of mobile phones and gauss meters attached to helium balloons with lights is released into the air so that people can dial into the cloud and listen to the sounds of the electromagnetic sky.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 4/9/2004 )
Digital Squab Line (DSL) Has High Bandwidth
Which is faster - ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) or DSL (Digital Squab Line)? If you're thinking pigeons are faster - you're right.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/5/2004 )
Bradbury's Green Bullet Made Possible With Bluetooth
The new Nextlink Bluespoon 5g cell phone headset is so small, Captain Beatty may not notice it if you wear it while driving the salamander back to the firehouse.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 4/2/2004 ) Contact Your Future Self
Have you got something to say to yourself - next year? lets [the present day] you give [the future] you a piece of your mind.
(re: John Varley, 3/26/2004 )
LingoPhone Provides Mobile Translation
LingoPhone now provides mobile, on-the-spot translation services via cellphone. The service works with any mobile phone equipped to send and recieve text messages.
(re: William Gibson, 11/21/2003 )






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