Engineering in Science Fiction
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Name

Author (Publication Date)

Hugo Gernsback (1923)
Hugo Gernsback (1911)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
John Barnes (1994)
Larry Niven (1968)
Philip K. Dick (1966)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1951)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1951)
Robert Cromie (1895)
John W. Campbell (1938)
Manly Wade Wellman (1940)
L.F. Stone (1931)
H.G. Wells (1899)
Robert Heinlein (1950)
Nat Schachner (1941)
Roger Zelazny (1980)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
George O. Smith (1952)
Philip Jose Farmer (1971)
Jonathan Swift (1726)
Larry Niven (1995)
Charles Stross (2003)
Philip K. Dick (1965)
Fritz Leiber (1968)
Rudy Rucker (w/B. Sterling) (1994)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Alan Dean Foster (2006)
Jack Vance (1964)
Frank Herbert (1958)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Greg Bear (2007)
Larry Niven (1970)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Fritz Leiber (1968)
Anne McCaffrey (1973)
Murray Leinster (1945)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Connie Willis (1985)
Daniel Suarez (2009)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
Isaac Asimov (1941)
Alan Dean Foster (2006)
Murray Leinster (1956)
Larry Niven (1967)
Robert Heinlein (1956)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1937)
Edward Page Mitchell (1881)
John Shirley (1985)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Edmond Hamilton (1942)
John W. Campbell (1934)
Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat) (1931)
Edmond Hamilton (1931)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Jack Vance (1954)
Stanislaw Lem (1965)
Arthur C. Clarke (1957)
Edmond Hamilton (1938)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Jack Vance (1964)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1928)
Robert Heinlein (1963)
Frank Belknap Long, Jr. (1939)
Lloyd Biggle, Jr. (1956)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
David Brin (1990)
Harl Vincent (1933)
Douglas Adams (1979)
Harold Ramis (1984)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
George RR Martin (1977)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Isaac Asimov (1988)
Larry Niven (1973)
Edmond Hamilton (1937)
Jack McDevitt (2002)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Philip K. Dick (1955)
William Gibson (1996)
Edmond Hamilton (1928)
George O. Smith (1947)
Harry Harrison (1951)
Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth) (1952)
Vernor Vinge (2006)
Robert Heinlein (1966)
L. Sprague de Camp (1940)
Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven) (1981)
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1963)
H.G. Wells (1899)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1939)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1934)
Ray Cummings (1930)
Frederik Pohl (1966)
Paolo Bacigalupi (2005)
Ray Bradbury (1952)
Robert Heinlein (1966)
Peter Watts (2002)
E.E. 'Doc' Smith (1930)
Sid Meier (1999)
L.F. Stone (1931)
Jerry Pournelle (w/L. Niven) (1981)
L.F. Stone (1931)
Neal Stephenson (1992)
Edmond Hamilton (1937)
Isaac Asimov (1966)
David McDaniel (1967)
Arthur C. Clarke (1976)
Arthur C. Clarke (1957)
Larry Niven (1973)
Arthur C. Clarke (1961)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Stanislaw Lem (1954)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
Isaac Asimov (1952)
John Varley (1977)
L.F. Stone (1931)
Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes) (2000)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Keith Laumer (1965)
Rudy Rucker (2007)
Larry Niven (1970)
E.C. Tubb (1958)
E.C. Tubb (1958)
Stanislaw Lem (1961)
John Varley (1983)
Clifford Simak (1952)
Robert H. Wilson (1931)
Neal Asher (2002)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
John W. Campbell (1936)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1936)
Maurice A.  Hugi (1941)
Sid Meier (1999)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
Manly Wade Wellman (1940)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
H. Beam Piper (1961)
Robert Silverberg (1970)
Philip Frances Nowlan (1928)
Roger Zelazny (1976)
Harry Harrison (1965)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Roger Zelazny (1976)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Warren Hammond (2007)
Eric Frank Russell (1955)
Robert Heinlein (1951)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Robert Heinlein (1982)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
Bruce Sterling (1994)
Neal Stephenson (1995)
Lewis Padgett (1942)
Clifford Simak (1941)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Leigh and Walt Richmond (1964)
John W. Campbell (1930)
Frank Herbert (1977)
Peter Watts (1999)
Larry Niven (1970)
Larry Niven (1970)
Arthur C. Clarke (1978)
Larry Niven (1968)
Larry Niven (1968)
H.G. Wells (1898)
Jules Verne (1889)
Jack Williamson (1938)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914)
David Brin (1990)
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle) (1974)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Karen Traviss (2004)
Theodore Sturgeon (1941)
Robert Heinlein (1954)
L. Sprague de Camp (1940)
Edward Page Mitchell (1877)
Robert Heinlein (1940)
Jack Williamson (1930)
John W. Campbell (1935)
R.A. Lafferty (1972)
Philip K. Dick (1960)
John Varley (1983)
John W. Campbell (1938)
Isaac Asimov (1952)
Fritz Leiber (1968)
Philip Reeve (2003)
H. Beam Piper (1961)
Isaac Asimov (1951)
James P. Hogan (1977)
Raymond Z. Gallun (1937)
Jules Verne (1875)
George Lucas (1976)
Ray Bradbury (1950)
Robert Heinlein (1942)
Isaac Asimov (1952)
Frank Herbert (1965)
J. Frederick Arment (2004)
Robert Heinlein (1941)
Brian Herbert (2001)
Philip K. Dick (1969)
John Jacob Astor IV (1894)
Frank Herbert (1965)
Philip K. Dick (1967)
Philip K. Dick (1953)
Larry Niven (1976)
Frank Herbert (1977)

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Lightpaper Way Thinner Than OLED
'You have this on Siwenna?'- Isaac Asimov, 1952.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 11/21/2014 )
DARPA Wants Airborne Launch Facility For Drones
This was tried with recon craft in WWII.
(re: Daniel Suarez, 11/8/2014 )
Physicists Build Repulsor / Tractor Beam
'Brandon swung mighty tractor beams upon the severed halves of the Jovian vessel...'- EE 'Doc' Smith, 1931.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 10/23/2014 )
New Video Of Arducorder Mini Open Source Science Tricorder
Perfect for exploring our planet.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/28/2014 )
Low Cost Spray-On Solar Cells
'It turns sunlight into electricity... you spray it on.'- Larry Niven, 1995.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/31/2014 )
Wristify, Your Personal Cooling and Heating Device
'By law [a mandatory cooling unit] had to be strapped to every commuter's back...'- Philip K. Dick
(re: Philip K. Dick, 6/21/2014 )
Solar Roadways Could Power USA - Times 3
This would be great if it works - the roads might be better maintained as well.
(re: Various , 5/14/2014 )
Spaser-Based Circuits Could Be Printed On Clothing
'Alex rolled his wrist over to check the watch imprinted on his sleeve.'- Niven and Barnes, 1981.
(re: Niven and Barnes, 4/26/2014 )
Full-Size Invisibility Cloak Now Possible
'I donned it and drew its hood, and threw on its current.'- Ray Cummings, 1930.
(re: Ray Cummings, 4/8/2014 )
Self-Assembling Nanoparticles Move Like Tiny Gears
'Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants, smaller than pins, working energetically...'- Philip K. Dick, 1955.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/6/2014 )
Navy's Orbiting Solar Panels To Beam Energy Down To Earth
'Curt shuddered at the thought of a beam of terrific power smashing into... perhaps into a city.'- Clifford Simak, 1941.
(re: Olaf Stapledon, 3/24/2014 )
Myo Armband Controller Just 149 Bucks
'Actuators touch the tendons in your right wrist...'- Harry Harrison, 1960.
(re: Harry Harrison, 3/1/2014 )
AllSee Low Power Gesture Recognition
'It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course...'- Douglas Adams, 1979.
(re: Douglas Adams, 2/21/2014 )
3D Printing Your Winter Reality
'It makes drawings in the air following drawings it scans with photo-cells...'- Murray Leinster, 1945.
(re: Murray Leinster, 2/9/2014 )
QuickScann3D Has Your Full Body Duplicate
'... In a glass dome a three-dimensional simulacrum of himself six inches high took form.'- Jack Vance, 1954.
(re: Jack Vance, 1/9/2014 )
Aireal Haptics Inching Towards Holodeck Experience
How to feel something that isn't there?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 10/28/2013 )
Control Your Dog Remotely
Your mutt will handle like a neodog with this advanced hardware and software.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 9/22/2013 )
Elon Musk Creates Parts With Gestures Like Iron Man
For some men, tomorrow is too long to wait for the future.
(re: Various, 8/24/2013 )
Preorder Recon Jet - It's Heavy Duty Glass
'All displays are thrown on a mirror in front of your forehead...'- Robert Heinlein, 1959.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/28/2013 )
Swiss HCPVT Giant Photovoltaic 'Flower'
'...leaning against one of the slender stalks of a sunshade-photocell collector.'- David Brin, 1990.
(re: David Brin, 5/1/2013 )
Peel And Stick Thin Film Solar Cells
'It turns sunlight into electricity, just like any solar power converter, but you spray it on.'- Larry Niven, 1995.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/24/2013 )
Microbattery Extreme High Performance
'To this Foyle affixed a power pack the size of a pea and switched it on.'- Alfred Bester, 1956.
(re: Alfred Bester, 4/17/2013 )
Speeding Ticket Robots To Cite Autonomous Cars?
'There is no danger of a vehicle's speed exceeding that allowed in the section in which it happens to be...'- John Jacob Astor IV, 1894.
(re: John Jacob Astor IV, 4/10/2013 )
Russia's Self-Contained Nuclear Lighthouses
'They don't break down. They never break down. They were built for eternity.'- Isaac Asimov, 1951.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 3/22/2013 )
Triton Respirator Concept Looks Jedi To Me
Just don't stay down too long.
(re: George Lucas, 3/20/2013 )
MYO Armband Provides Control For Your Phone, UAV
'Sensitive actuators touch the tendons in your right wrist.'- Harry Harrison, 1960.
(re: Harry Harrison, 2/27/2013 )
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.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/20/2013 )
Will Google Glass Use Bone Conduction
'Sound vibrations transmitted directly to the osseous tissue of the body.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1924.
(re: Hugo Gernsback, 2/5/2013 )
Telescopes With Liquid Mirrors Go Mainstream
'The bowl contained mercury. As the container spun on its perfectly balanced axis, centrifugal force caused the mercury to spread...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1934.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 1/21/2013 )
Nanotech Electronic Nose Sniffs Explosives Like Dogs
'It's picking up diphenyl compounds and tetrahydrocarbons...'- Michael Crichton, 1985.
(re: Michael Crichton, 12/4/2012 )
GestIC Gesture Recognition Controller Uses Electrical Fields
'...now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope.'- Douglas Adams, 1979.
(re: Douglas Adams, 11/15/2012 )
World's First 3D Printing 'Photo Booth'
'On the counter-top appeared a three-dimensional replica of Farr.'- Jack Vance, 1954.
(re: Jack Vance, 11/14/2012 )
Transparent Solar Cell Film Has Clear Advantages
'It turns sunlight into electricity... you spray it on.'- Larry Niven, 1995.
(re: Larry Niven, 11/14/2012 )
Store Extra Energy In Liquid Air
Off-peak energy storage just got another storage option.
(re: Various, 10/2/2012 )
Arizona Solar Updraft Tower By 2015
'And eventually, an hour later, it reached its glorious one thousand feet of height.'
(re: Leigh and Walt Richmond, 8/29/2012 )
Cyborg Tissues Combine Transistors and Cells
'Nat Flieger reflexively poured water into a cup and fed the living protoplasm incorporated into the Ampek F-a2 recording system...'
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/26/2012 )
Artificial Jellyfish Swims On Its Own
'It was a chemotactic artificial jellyfish designed to slither into undersea vents...'
(re: Rucker/Sterling, 8/13/2012 )
Laser Lofts UAV for Two Day Flight
Based on an idea from a physicist and science fiction writer in the 1960's.
(re: Niven/Pournelle, 8/6/2012 )
Spray-On Lithium Ion Battery
'...the five-year battery-plate contained within the back cover of the mag.'
(re: Philip K. Dick, 6/28/2012 )
'Mind Uploading' Issue Now Downloadable
'The estimated duration of this model is five hundred thousand years...'
(re: Richard Morgan, 6/25/2012 )
Archeo-Robot Scans Ancient Roman Sewers
Great video of the 'cloaca maxima'.
(re: Ridley Scott, 6/22/2012 )
Eole Water Turbine Like Star Wars Vaporator
'The atmosphere yielded its moisture with reluctance.'
(re: George Lucas, 6/21/2012 )
$99 Lidar Plus UAV Equals Prometheus Mapping Device
Sounds like a fun way to map indoor spaces.
(re: Ridley Scott, 6/19/2012 )
'Arc Reactor'-Inspired Energy Source
Tony Stark would just build one!
(re: Stan Lee, 6/17/2012 )
Artificial Noses For Disease Diagnostics
'...Set the ticking combinations of the olfactory system of the hound...'
(re: Ray Bradbury, 6/8/2012 )
Real-Time 3D Electron Microscopy
Clever device lets researchers use those red/blue 3D glasses they picked up at the local theater...
(re: Robert Cromie, 5/5/2012 )
Kinze Autonomy Project's Autonomous Tractors
Will farms become safer with robots?
(re: Harry Harrison, 5/2/2012 )
Printable Liquid Solar Cells
'What's finally knocked the bottom out is this new solar electric paint.'
(re: Larry Niven, 4/29/2012 )
Sonic Screwdriver From Dundee University
See the Top 11 Sonic Screwdriver Scenes!
(re: Various, 4/19/2012 )
Computers Powered By Harvested Environmental Energy
'...the now famous Fottengill process.'
(re: Lloyd Biggle, Jr., 4/8/2012 )
Open Source Tricorder
'Insufficient facts always invite danger.' - Mr. Spock
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 4/1/2012 )
Control Robot Planes With Hand Gestures!
Be careful waving at planes from now on.
(re: Douglas Adams, 3/15/2012 )
Fracking Causes Ohio Earthquakes
Another report that blames fracking for earthquakes in areas that are typically free of naturally-occurring quakes.
(re: Various, 3/8/2012 )
Speechjammer To End Your 1st Amendment Rights
Try to express yourself now; it's technology with intended consequences.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 2/29/2012 )
T-Rays And Tricorders
Amazing miniaturization could lead to science-fictional devices.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/23/2012 )
Hide An Event With Temporal Cloaking
What would you want to put in the 'time hole'?
(re: Various, 1/6/2012 )
Solar Power Paint For Any Size Solar Cells
One coat solar paint can be applied to any conductive surface to create an instant solar cell.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/21/2011 )
Airdrop Moisture Vaporator
'A vaporator sunk securely through sand and into deeper rock.'
(re: George Lucas, 11/11/2011 )
Nth Lights From NthDegree Are 'Printed Lights'
Let there be light, and let it be flat.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 11/9/2011 )
Multi-Target Photo-Radar System
No more safety in numbers when speeding, thanks to this Cordon system.
(re: John Jacob Astor IV, 10/29/2011 )
Throw This Panoramic Ball Camera!
Let's hope that it proves possible to manufacture this camera at a price at which we can afford it.
(re: Robert Silverberg, 10/26/2011 )
See People Through Walls
You (and your imaginative proxies, sf writers) have been trying to see through walls for a long time.
(re: John W. Campbell, 10/18/2011 )
SMELL-IT 'Surround Sound' For The Nose
Smell-o-Vision! One day, we'll breathe deeply of our favorite movie or game.
(re: Aldous Huxley, 10/12/2011 )
10 Exotic Human-Energy Harvesting Devices And Technologies
Presented all on one page! and yet, profusely illustrated.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/9/2011 )
Generate Elecricity From Breathing With Microbelt PVDF Device
Unique method of harvesting energy from low speed airflows will have many applications.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/8/2011 )
The Garbage Mines Of Ghana
'They break down electronics with hammers and hands.'
(re: David Brin, 9/25/2011 )
Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering Project
Save the planet from global warming the all-natural way. Is there such a thing as geomimicry?
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 9/14/2011 )
Harvesting Power From Flying Insects
DARPA has been looking for a way to power the devices that will be carried by tiny HI-MEMS cyborg insects.
(re: Thomas A. Easton, 9/7/2011 )
Energy-Harvesting Shoes With Reverse Electrowetting
A new energy-harvesting technology that could be embedded in your shoes.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/25/2011 )
Sony DEV-5 Digital HD Binoculars
Perfect for looking for Bantha and Sand People.
(re: George Lucas, 8/17/2011 )
Bioelectronic Nose To Have Biomimetic Chemical Sensors
How many uses can you think of for a bioelectronic nose?
(re: Michael Crichton, 8/3/2011 )
Mobile Devices At Core Of Future Appliances
Just wait till all of your appliances start talking back.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 8/2/2011 )
Shape-Changing Metal Antenna
Once the skin is ruptured, the metal flows extremely quickly in a few milliseconds.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/31/2011 )
Menlo Device By Microsoft Tracks You Precisely
This little gizmo can track you everywhere, indoors and out.
(re: Jack Williamson, 7/27/2011 )
CFM LEAP Engine Perfect For Podracing
Just watch out for those wrenches thrown by competitors (I'm looking at you, Sebulba!)
(re: George Lucas, 7/18/2011 )
NASA's Forward Osmosis Bag (For Stillsuits?)
Perfect for astronauts - and maybe Fremen.
(re: Frank Herbert, 7/9/2011 )
PossessedHand Borgs Your Hands To Teach You
The future of hand learning is now here; let the Machine take control of your hands.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/1/2011 )
SIlver Pen Writes Flexible Circuits
Write your own circuits informally.
(re: Niven and Purnelle, 6/28/2011 )
Lytro Living Pictures Camera Revolution
Astonishing consumer light-field camera will be available later this year in a point and shoot model.
(re: Ridley Scott, 6/22/2011 )
Russian ATM Knows When You Lie
This ATM knows more about you than you might think; oh, and be sure to stick to the truth.
(re: William Gibson, 6/8/2011 )
'Cambridge Crude' Semi-Solid Flow Cell Battery
This could change the way we recharge our electric cars - from -plug in- back to -fill'er up!-
(re: Various, 6/6/2011 )
China's Weather Modification Office
Engineering the rain with artillery.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/23/2011 )
DustBot Video Shows Robotic Future Of Trash
This robot is ready to help clean up the planet, one household's recyclables at a time.
(re: Harry Harrison, 4/22/2011 )
Fog Harvesting For Fresh Water
Like water off your back - if you're a Namib beetle
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/20/2011 )
Nanogenerator Intros New Energy Unit - The Pinch
Just the thing for the stillsuits of the future.
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/31/2011 )
Through The Crust, Into the Mantle
What's your favorite story of a visit to the interior of the Earth?
(re: Lincoln Child, 3/27/2011 )
Quick-Charging Batteries Needed For Vehicles
3D films made by coating a surface with self-assembled nanoscale spheres may hold the answer to fast 'fill-ups' at vehicle recharging stations.
(re: Philip Jose Farmer, 3/23/2011 )
Fracking Gas Companies Suspend Operations
Let's not tell DARPA about the 'terrain deformation' possibility.
(re: Various, 3/7/2011 )
Microcamera Big As Grain Of Salt
New manufacturing process yields tiny cameras no larger than a coarse grain of salt.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 3/5/2011 )
Anti-Laser Is A Coherent Perfect Absorber
This device, which as of now has no practical applications, can absorb laser light perfectly.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/17/2011 )
Thinnest Pocket Projector
These tiny projectors will one day be a standard item in every smartphone.
(re: , 1/31/2011 )
'Air Laser' Long-Range Sensor
The stronger signal should also allow for detection of much smaller concentrations of airborne contaminants.
(re: Gene Roddenbaerry, 1/28/2011 )
Digital Radiation Spectrometer
Mr. Spock, if you could take just one tool down to a new planet, what would it be?
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 1/4/2011 )
Fracking Earthquakes
Oil companies pump a dense slurry into the rocks far under a town, hoping to create fractures to release natural gas. What could go wrong?
(re: Various, 12/20/2010 )
Invisibility Cloak Fools Naked Eye
interesting new technique uses naturally-occurring materials to form an invisibility cloak.
(re: EE 'Doc' Smith, 12/15/2010 )
Sonic Screwdrivers Using Ultrasonic Force Fields
Ultrasonic force fields can apply real forces to tiny objects.
(re: Various, 12/8/2010 )
Undersea Mining With Nautilus Minerals Seafloor Production System
Nautilus Minerals is developing the first seafloor gold and copper exploration and mining operation.
(re: Jules Verne, 10/14/2010 )
MIT Glider Lands On a Perch Like A Bird
This little glider has an amazing biomimetic feature.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 10/11/2010 )
MovieReshape Like Bruce Sterling's Video-Manicuring
Impressive video shows what can be accomplished with image manipulation.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 10/11/2010 )
Stretchable Electronic Skin Input Device Video
Let your fingers do the walking - on your own skin.
(re: John Varley, 10/6/2010 )
DEMON UAV Has No Moving Flaps
Successful demonstration of 'flapless flight' in this unmanned aerial vehicle.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 9/30/2010 )
Swiss Thought-Controlled Wheelchair
More research on brain-controlled assistive devices; success for the Swiss.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/9/2010 )
Laser-Powered Helicopter
Held aloft on a beam of light.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 9/6/2010 )
Improve MAVs By Studying Bees In Flight
Nature has solved the problem of flight by tiny machines; let's see how She did it.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 8/1/2010 )
Biofuel From Algae
Can we improve the ability of algae to produce material we need? Should we?
(re: James Blish, 7/27/2010 )
'Invisibles' Provides Tactile Feedback For VR
This is just the kind of prototype system that could give you you virtual reality world.
(re: David Brin, 7/21/2010 )
Terahertz Remote Sensing Detectors
See through walls, containers and clothes from hundreds of feet away - and identify the unique signature of different substances.
(re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith, 7/12/2010 )
Solar Impulse Completes Night Flight
Recharge by day, fly by night. Solar Impulse completes a 26-hour journey.
(re: John W. Campbell, 7/11/2010 )
Lung On A Chip - Electronics Plus Human Cells
This device combines living human cells with electronics; can Philip K. Dick's swibble-culture be far behind?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 7/5/2010 )
Unlimited Urban Woods - A Forest In A Box
What's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside? Maybe this box.
(re: Various, 7/5/2010 )
Solar Impulse Solar-Powered PlaneFlies!
First flight test for this plane.
(re: John W. Campbell, 4/7/2010 )
Sand Pirates In Indonesia
Slowly, the natural features of our solar system disappear, thanks to the Better Building Conglomerates.
(re: Alfred Bester, 3/28/2010 )
Scanner Could Let You 'Rip' Books
If this device could be commercialized, you could 'rip' a book like you can rip a CD, digitizing its contents for easy storage on your computer.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 3/19/2010 )
Robots May Repair Pipes From Inside
Six billion gallons of drinkable water are wasted every day. But robots can help.
(re: Various, 3/9/2010 )
Earthquake Machine Simulator Video
Is research at UC Davis more precise than research done at MGM studios over thirty-five years ago? You be the judge.
(re: Various, 2/23/2010 )
Bloom Box Brick Powers Your Home
This Silicon Valley start-up wants to power your house and thereby take you off the grid.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/22/2010 )
Laser Fusion Test Successful
Successful test at National Ignition Facility shows that laser-plasma interactions may not be a problem in the pursuit of thermonuclear fusion.
(re: Robert A. Metzger, 2/13/2010 )
Computational Wood: Grow Circuits In Living Trees
Is computational wood possible? The harvesting of circuits? Or even Avatar-style living memory?
(re: Dan Simmons, 2/5/2010 )
Wasabi Smoke Alarm Now Available
Oh, this will get you out of bed all right.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/1/2010 )
Implantable Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets
This remarkable material can let us take energy from movements we make anyway. Take a deep breath, and power up that cell phone!
(re: Frank Herbert, 1/31/2010 )
Bose Ride System Smooths Your Ride
Yes, you'll ride the spaceways - uh, roads - in much greater comfort with a highly technological seat.
(re: John W. Campbell, 1/30/2010 )
Nexus One? Nexus Six Is Google Phone You Want
It has 'ten million possible combinations of cerebral activity'. Now, that would be a smart phone.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/16/2009 )
DARPA Cyborg Insects With Nuclear-Powered Transponders
Now that the 'spy flies' are coming along, we need the power source for minned receptors and recording spools. DARPA, what would we do without you?
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/15/2009 )
Seawater To Cool Downtown Honolulu
Water will be pumped from the oceans depths to cool buildings in downtown Honolulu.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 12/11/2009 )
Handheld Fusion Reactors Planned
Is 'neutron-less fusion allowing safe deployment for handheld power sources' possible?
(re: Isaac Asimov, 12/9/2009 )
Solar Impulse HB-SIA Solar-Powered Plane Tested
Who will be the first person to fly a solar-powered plane around the world?
(re: John W. Campbell, 11/27/2009 )
Bio-Mechanics And Micro-Robotic Flight
Take a close look at one of nature's wonders - the micro air vehicle called a dragonfly.
(re: Raymond Z. Gallun, 11/11/2009 )
Star Trek Replicator For Space Station?
Electron beam freeform fabrication is what they're testing, but sf fans know a replicator when they see one.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/5/2009 )
NASA iPhone Sensors Like Tricorder
Tricorders will be here before we know it! Although it's true we've been waiting a long time.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 11/4/2009 )
Europa May Support Life
Is there life on Europa? SF author Arthur C. Clarke popularized the idea in a book and a subsequent movie. There is a liquid ocean - but is there enough oxygen?
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 10/15/2009 )
Liquid Semiconductor Nuclear Battery Big As A Penny
You might have trouble believing that a nuclear battery could be no larger than a dime, even if you didn't study under the great Bler at the University of Trantor.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 10/8/2009 )
Be Martin Jetpack Test Pilot Via eBay
Of course you do. Now, you have your chance at free flight with a jetpack.
(re: John W. Campbell, 10/1/2009 )
Solar-Powered Aircraft In Fact and Fiction
Solar aircraft have certain advantages; that's why they're attractive in fact and in fiction.
(re: John W. Campbell, 9/27/2009 )
iRex DR800SG E-Reader Has Unlimited 3G Data
Unlimited 3G data from Verizon make this an interesting entry.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 9/24/2009 )
Flexible Building Survives Test Quakes
Flexible buildings that flex for earthquakes, concentrating the damage in replaceable steel 'fuses'.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 9/19/2009 )
Self-Healing Circuits For Cellphones?
This may just help alleviate one of the most terrible feelings you can have in modern times - the way you feel when you drop your cellphone or other expensive digital device.
(re: Various, 9/11/2009 )
Magnetic Monopoles Detected?
Do magnetic monopoles exist? And can you mine them?
(re: Larry Niven, 9/7/2009 )
Laser Cooling Big Chill
SF movie goers and comic book fans alike have long been used to the idea of super-fast cooling. Scientists now put the big chill on.
(re: George Lucas, 9/4/2009 )
Spray-On Nano-Ink Solar Cells
Solar cells in a convenient spray can? Not impossible, say University of Texas researchers.
(re: Larry Niven, 8/25/2009 )
Bio Acoustic Fish Fence May Protect Great Lakes
Another interesting technology to try to keep the Great Lakes free of Asian carp; I read about the idea first in a Zelazny story three decades ago.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 8/16/2009 )
TruFocals Glasses Do Not Use Hufhuf Oil
Eyeglasses suitable for the Kwisatz Haderach, if he needed glasses.
(re: Frank Herbert, 8/12/2009 )
Geoengineering To Mitigate Climate Change
This policy statement focuses on large-scale efforts to geoengineer the climate system to counteract the consequences of increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
(re: John Jacob Astor IV, 7/23/2009 )
Cleaning Up Chernobyl With Beets
Another interesting scheme to try to cut the amount of time that tens of thousands of kilometers of countryside must lay fallow due to radioactive fallout.
(re: Gregory Benford, 6/28/2009 )
AltaRock's Quake-Inducing Geothermal Energy Search
People need alternative energy sources in California; are there any ways of getting what we need that are free of consequences?
(re: LucasArts, 6/25/2009 )
Saser - Sonic Equivalent Of Laser
It appears that this is the first working prototype of a device long theorized; it is the first device to produce coherent sound waves in the terahertz frequency range
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/19/2009 )
Flame Jet Drill To Bore 10 Miles Into Our Planet
Didn't I see this done from orbit in the last Star Trek movie? Take a look a the video of a prototype device that can drill quickly and efficiently in search of geothermal power.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 6/14/2009 )
Negev Moisture 'Vaporators Planned W/ Solar Power
Hopefully, these devices to condense water out of the air on a vast scale will not require special droids that speak the binary language of moisture vaporators.
(re: George Lucas, 6/10/2009 )
RF Cochlea Chip 'Seashell Radio'
This unique device draws on the marvelous human ear for its capabilities, which can be described as a 'universal or cognitive radio' much faster than any existing RF spectrum analyzer.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 6/4/2009 )
Water Purity Detection In Real Time
'Will someone try chaumurky tonight - poison in the drink?' Not if Professor Katzir has anything to say about it.
(re: Frank Herbert, 5/22/2009 )
U-Met Utility Helmet For First Responders
This helmet would be of use in a variety of situations, from disaster response to ordinary police work.
(re: Davin Brin, 5/21/2009 )
MIT Conversation Shielding Like Cone Of Silence
Keeping those office conversations private needs serious technology. MIT researchers are there with the goods.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/10/2009 )
Brush Up On Star Trek Tech Made Real
So much Star Trek technology has been brought into being - at least partly - that I'm wondering what new worlds are left to conquer, technologywise, in the new Star Trek movie.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 5/7/2009 )
Walking Gel Caterpillar Like The Blob!
Didn't I just write an article on squishy robots? Looks like these researchers are way ahead of the curve.
(re: Various, 4/29/2009 )
Flexpeaker Paper Thin Speakers
Can you imagine a movie poster - that plays the movie soundtrack - right off the surface of the flat paper movie poster? Well, get to work on it. With video.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/28/2009 )
Power Generating Shoe Instructions
Don't let the power from walking go to waste - start gathering up that energy now with these DIY parasitic power harvesting shoes.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/27/2009 )
Face Mining Star Trek For Kirk, 7-Eleven For You
Face mining and facial recognition are getting some real face time with their fans on the Internet. Take a look at what Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition has been up to.
(re: Various, 4/26/2009 )
Conductive Bodypaint Skin Circuitry
Why carry a cell phone or other electronic device when you can be the device? Also makes electronics prototyping easier.
(re: Various, 4/19/2009 )
Arm Swing Authentication For Mobile Phones
A unique bit of biometric data you didn't even know you had will authenticate users of mobile devices. Just don't stand near people opening their phones.
(re: Douglas Adams, 4/17/2009 )
SolarEn To Sell Satellite Solar Power
This idea has been kicked around by sf authors for several generations. Has the time for SBSP (space-based solar power) finally come?
(re: Clifford Simak, 4/15/2009 )
Flat Flexible Loudspeakers From Warwick Audio
The development of this technology will make possible devices by authors like Ellison, Dick and Sterling.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 4/2/2009 )
Carbon Nanotube Muscles
This technology provides an amazing increase in force per unit area of standard (i.e., human) muscles.
(re: HG Wells, 3/22/2009 )
Laser Kills Mosquitoes Like Brin's Bee Zapper
This story is even better because it arose in the context of intellectual property; if Brin had the idea in 1990, doesn't he own it?
(re: David Brin, 3/16/2009 )
Light-Trapping Nanodoughnut Like Slow Glass
Fascinating development shows that it is possible to trap - and hold indefinitely - a photon, releasing it at will.
(re: L. Sprague de Camp, 3/10/2009 )
Eye Of God Found - But No Mote
In the Niven and Pournelle novel, a similar sight inspired the founding of the Church of Him. Himmists, take note.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 2/27/2009 )
Mobius Circuit Perfect For Science-Fictional Electronics
This seems like the perfect start to your science-fictional electronics project.
(re: Various, 2/19/2009 )
Kindle 2 Reads Aloud, As SF Writers Predicted
The idea of a mechanized 'book reader' or 'news reader' has been around for more than 100 years; take a look at the imaginative works of five sf writers.
(re: Stanislaw Lem, 2/13/2009 )
Radio-Controlled Beetle By UC Berkeley
The researchers picked rhinoceros beetles because they look cool - enslaved.
(re: Thomas A. Easton, 1/31/2009 )
Japan's Double-Armed Rescue Vehicle
It's handy to have a rescue vehicle with two arms; Ripley might be able to fight aliens with it, too.
(re: Various, 1/26/2009 )
Broadband Invisibility Cloak - Now You See It
This breakthrough demonstrates that it is possible to build a single material that reroutes light over a broad swath of light wavelengths.
(re: Ray Cummings, 1/18/2009 )
Star Wars Force Trainer (NeuroSky, Not Sith)
Ah, those playful Sith at NeuroSky are at it again. Now, they have a toy for your kids. The 'Force Trainer' is a powerful ally.
(re: George Lucas, 1/13/2009 )
That's Mr. Gasification, Not Mr. Fusion
Take a look at a cool video showing a real-life version of a car that runs on miscellaneous bits of trash. Just like in the movies. Almost.
(re: Various, 1/6/2009 )
Meatricity - Meatrical Energy From Meatric Sources
Are we heading toward a human-powered future? Probably not, but the power goes out in our neighborhood often enough to check it out.
(re: Various, 1/3/2009 )
Attention Assist - Drowsy-Driver Detection Standard
German engineering gives rise to the exact opposite of a famous sfnal automotive prediction.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/28/2008 )
Teen Arrested For Home Chemistry Lab
Should ordinary people, like this teen-aged college student, be allowed to experiment?
(re: Various, 12/28/2008 )
Gel Remote Concept Like Metaflesh
Perhaps it would be better for us if our TV remotes repulsed us.
(re: David Cronenberg, 12/17/2008 )
Choking On Our Own Waste Heat
Interesting speculation by two UK professors; even if we solve global warming due to greenhouse gases, this problem still exists.
(re: Larry Niven, 12/1/2008 )
Geoplasma Plasma Refuse Plant
Neat idea to use Sixties NASA tech to turn trash into electricity. Hope it works.
(re: Various, 11/16/2008 )
First Optical Image Of Planet Orbiting Sun-Like Star
Very exciting development from Hubble demonstrates exoplanets can be normal-sized and be in orbit around Sun-like stars.
(re: Various, 11/14/2008 )
Hyperion Power Module Neighborhood Nuclear Reactor
The story about small 'nuclear batteries,' small plants that produce enough power for small towns or big neighborhoods, just keeps coming back.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/11/2008 )
Atomic Pen Uses Atoms For Pixels
Technique allows researchers to write with atoms; talk about a very tiny point size.
(re: Ridley Scott, 10/25/2008 )
NTT Energy-Generating Shoes Are Squishy
I really like the cool retro technology used to power these power walkers.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/17/2008 )
Machine Prints Lights In Sheets
Even though these won't fit in any of those 20 billion light sockets, sheets of light are worth looking at.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 10/14/2008 )
Liquid Camera Lens Controlled By Sound
Using a liquid as a lens? I read about it forty years ago.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/6/2008 )
Photovoltaic Paint On Steel Sheets By The Corus Group
Fascinating new technology comes only about a decade after Larry Niven wrote about it.
(re: Larry Niven, 10/5/2008 )
Element Four Watermill Needs No Droid
These devices keep adding features. Soon, you'll be saying 'What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.'
(re: George Lucas, 9/29/2008 )
LHC 'Malfunction' No Accident?
Interesting alternate explanation for the problems that have temporarily halted the onward march of particle physics.
(re: John Cramer, 9/25/2008 )
The Fremen Urinal Frank Herbert Never Imagined
These devices could save countless gallons of water, which helps even on water-rich planets.
(re: Frank Herbert, 9/7/2008 )
Personal Wind Turbines And Rooftop Windmills
Interesting strategy for a personal supply of renewable energy has been around for about a century.
(re: John Jacob Astor, 9/4/2008 )
Intel Wireless Power Transmission
Wireless transmission of power inflamed the imaginations of early twentieth century sf writers; Intel appears to have improved the efficiency of a basic technique.
(re: John W. Campbell, 8/22/2008 )
Venture Capitalists Fight Over Water
If the investments of this legendary Texas oilman are any example, there is reason for concern here.
(re: Various, 8/6/2008 )
Solar-Hydrogen House Is Energy Independent
This story about America's first solar-hydrogen residence is still good; the owner is energy-independent in a way that most of us can only envy.
(re: Clifford Simak, 8/6/2008 )
Solar-Powered Fuel Cells Easy As Photosynthesis
Impressive discovery by MIT scientists may unlock the potential of fuel cells for homeowners. Prof. Nocera explains how it works in a video interview.
(re: Various, 8/4/2008 )
Volcanoes To Be Harnessed For Power
Now that oil-fired power is getting more expensive, it's time to put our boots and spurs on, and tame a real power source - volcanoes!
(re: Carl Binder, 7/31/2008 )
Microwave Drill Heats And Pokes
Interesting development is a new twist on a basic requirement; drilling holes through different kinds of materials.
(re: Frank Herbert, 7/14/2008 )
Klimatec AirWater Machine Good News For Moisture Farmers
This device lets you get fresh water anywhere; at last, an office water cooler that never needs restocking.
(re: George Lucas, 7/9/2008 )
Breast Motion Power Harvesting iPod-Charging Bra
Interesting engineering challenge with several possible solutions; women may one day charge their iPods with their bras.
(re: Frank Herbert, 6/25/2008 )
Massive Balls In Fact And Fiction
For some reason, enormous (and, often, spinning) spheres form a kind of focal point for science fiction movies. I don't know why that is.
(re: Various, 6/25/2008 )
GINGER Moon Radar Benefits Miners On Earth
Very neat technology transfer from ESA's space program helps keep Canadian miners safer by detecting hidden cracks in the roofs of mines.
(re: Larry Niven, 6/22/2008 )
Acoustic Cloak Research Turns Practical
Creating sonically invisible pillars in concert halls would probably confuse the dickens out of bats, but music lovers would like it.
(re: Various, 6/13/2008 )
The Secret Lives Of Invisible Magnetic Fields
I really don't understand what is being presented, but you'll enjoy it.
(re: Various, 6/3/2008 )
Ion-Etched Human Hair Shows Branding Possibilities
Interesting idea, I'm sure I've seen something like this before.
(re: Ridley Scott, 4/7/2008 )
Inferno Sonic Barrier Is A Sonabarrier
The Inferno device is intended to create a barrier impassable by human beings.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/3/2008 )
Acoustic Bazooka Concept
Can the Acoustic Bazooka exist? What would it be good for?
(re: Various, 4/1/2008 )
BigBelly Solar Compactor Vs. WALL-E Robot
Pixar has long delayed the release of WALL-E, the story of an autonomous compactor; they'd better hurry up.
(re: Pixar, 4/1/2008 )
Steampunk Crab Fort Art
Really terrific art concept for a Victorian nightmare.
(re: Various, 3/12/2008 )
Sociable Garbabge Can Robot
This little trash can robot prototype may remind you of an upcoming Pixar film - or a Bruce Sterling novel from twenty years ago.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 3/11/2008 )
Solar Leaves - Electrochemical and Biological
There are TWO uses for artificial solar leaves - do you know what they are? Also, not all artificial solar leaves are electrochemical.
(re: Thomas Easton, 3/7/2008 )
Zimmer Frame-based Nursing Home Positioning System
Nifty invention provides navigational support for people with short term memory problems.
(re: Various, 3/3/2008 )
Rain-Making Bacteria May Affect Climate
If we knew more about how rain forms, we might be able to have some control over rainfall.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/29/2008 )
Adobe Light-Field Lens Video - Blade Runner Cluster
The Adobe superlens cluster seems pretty close to what Deckard used in Blade Runner to find amazing details in a photograph.
(re: Ridley Scott, 2/23/2008 )
Garbage-Eating Factories Now, Voracious Cities Later
Isn't it odd how sometimes machines shrink down, and others grow to giant size?
(re: Philip Reeve, 2/10/2008 )
Biomechanical Energy Harvester Is The Bee's Knees
Waste not the body's moisture - or its many free ergs of power.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/9/2008 )
HI-MEMS: Cyborg Beetle Microsystem
Those DARPA scientists had the help of a futuristic blueprint provided by sf writer Thomas Easton.
(re: Thomas A. Easton, 1/27/2008 )
HI-MEMS: Control Circuits Embedded In Pupal Stage Successfully
Researchers have succeeded in implanting electronic control structures in the early stages of metamorphosis, ensuring a viable controllable insect.
(re: Thomas A. Easton, 1/27/2008 )
Use Roads As Solar Energy Collectors
Interesting system started out as a study on how to make roads more sustainable, with less maintenance. Passive solar heating is a bonus (other examples also covered).
(re: Various, 1/2/2008 )
Toshiba Micro Nuclear Reactor For Home Fission
Although I'm prepared to pull this story at any moment, it appears to be a real possibility.
(re: Issac Asimov, 12/18/2007 )
Smart Chair Follows You Like A Chairdog
Mesmerizing concept video for a mechanical version of Frank Herbert's chairdogs will have librarians drooling.
(re: Frank Herbert, 12/14/2007 )
NeuroSky ThinkGear Mind-Controlled Toys With Sega
Finally, mind-controlled devices will be available to our children. What could possibly go wrong?
(re: Various, 12/13/2007 )
Perching Autonomous Aircraft Perfects Prop Hang
Very cool video of a small aircraft model switching from completely autonomously controlled vertical hang to horizontal flight.
(re: Various, 11/24/2007 )
WatAir Dew-Harvesting 'Web' Kit
Dune fans are not surprised at this development; dew is a remarkable water source.
(re: Frank Herbert, 11/15/2007 )
Breath Powered USB Charger (And Stillsuit)
It appears that a key element of Frank Herbert's stillsuit is now available to help you recharge your gadgets.
(re: Frank Herbert, 11/5/2007 )
Mood Recognition Technology: Pivo 2 Driver Experience Enhanced
Here's a closer look at Pivo 2 and its unique effort to sense the mood of the driver to improve vehicle safety.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/29/2007 )
Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) - Wearable Rechargers
One is fictional, the other one doesn't exist yet - but engineers are working on it.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/28/2007 )
Caltech Electronic Nose: The Lewis Group Smells Success
The electronic nose knows; the Lewis group has created an olfactory sensor remarkably like yours, and just the thing for a certain mechanical hound.
(re: Ray Bradbury, 10/24/2007 )
Virtual Fence To Be Tested This Month
A virtual barrier between the US and Mexico is being tested; the glitches that stopped this Boeing product from being complete last summer have been fixed.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/21/2007 )
Could Lightning Power Generators?
If this works, I'm going to festoon my house with lightning rods, and then sell the power back to DTE.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 10/16/2007 )
Invisibility Cloak Works In Visible Spectrum
Is this the world's first true invisibility cloak?
(re: Ray Cummings, 10/4/2007 )
Solar-Powered Bike From Thera-P
This is a really flashy looking bicycle - but does it run at night?
(re: Various, 9/27/2007 )
Vocal Terrorism Via Virtual Vocal Chords
British scientists spend the week worrying about future forms of terrorism.
(re: Various, 9/15/2007 )
Diamond Light Source Illuminates Manuscripts
Scientists take only thirty years to turn James P. Hogan's fantasy into reality. Well done!
(re: James P. Hogan, 9/13/2007 )
The Thinking Man's Wheelchair
A remarkable development for the disabled, this idea was derided as mere science fiction in 1966.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 9/7/2007 )
EEStor Ultracapacitor 'Battery' And Heinlein's Shipstone
Yet another reason to hope that electric vehicles might soon become a practical, affordable transportation choice.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 9/7/2007 )
'Benevolence Kings' Protect Japanese Workers Automatically
This system is designed to provide a warning to construction workers in the event of out-of-control motorists.
(re: Various, 9/5/2007 )
Crowd Farms And 'Coppertops'
Those parasitic power harvesters never give up.
(re: Various, 8/15/2007 )
Backpack Laser - Just Don't Cross The Streams
If you think about it just a little, I'm sure you can come up with alternative uses for a backpack laser system.
(re: Harold Ramis, 8/12/2007 )
Vortex Engine - Tame Tornadoes May Generate Power
Not only could this technique produce electricity, it could also serve as a form of planetary air conditioning to counter global warming.
(re: Pohl/Kornbluth, 7/24/2007 )
Cheap Paint-On Flexible Solar Panels
I keep thinking there must be some way to turn all the sun-soaked surfaces in my life into power-generators...
(re: Larry Niven, 7/20/2007 )
BigBelly Solar-Powered Trash Can - Good/Evil?
Oh, yes, someone has already thought about solar-powered trash cans.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 7/19/2007 )
No-Way Physics And Science Fiction
Do you like your physics possible, or impossible? SF lets you have it both ways.
(re: Various, 7/11/2007 )
Vibration Energy Scavenging By Tiny Generator
This tiny generator might appear in a heart near you.
(re: Frank Herbert, 7/7/2007 )
EQGuard Home Earthquake Warning Appliance
This system can give you just enough time to run outside.
(re: Various, 6/28/2007 )
Max Water By Max Whisson
Dr. Max Whisson is back with more information about his Max Water invention to provide potable water to everyone.
(re: , 6/5/2007 )
Chinese Government To Control Olympic Weather
The Chinese government appears to have more control over the weather than you might think.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 5/23/2007 )
Almost Niven's Flashlight Laser
Take a look for yourself at this one.
(re: Larry Niven, 4/24/2007 )
Building Shaker Quake Machine
Engineers get out from behind their laptops and shake up a real 275-ton building.
(re: Vernor Vinge, 4/17/2007 )
Nanogenerator Harvests Mechanical Energy
We might not need to keep track of a half-dozen little charger devices if this works.
(re: Frank Herbert, 4/11/2007 )
NextEngine 3D Scanner Captures Your World
This device provides excellent three-dimensional CAD files when presented with small objects.
(re: Jack Vance, 4/6/2007 )
Your Scrap Copper Future
I've seen this science-fictional future before; where's my personal smelter now that I need one?
(re: John Brunner, 4/4/2007 )
Tactical Biorefinery Turns Garbage Into Energy
Fascinating invention by Purdue researchers helps an army camp as well as march on its stomach.
(re: Steven Spielberg, 3/23/2007 )
Microsoft Researches The Future On Video
Interesting short video from Microsoft research has science-fictional (and real) precursors.
(re: , 3/15/2007 )
HeadThere Giraffe Telepresence Robot
This is a pretty cool-looking example of an inexpensive remote-controlled telepresence device.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 3/12/2007 )
Varioptic Liquid Lens For Phone Cameras
The oil (and water) lens finally makes it into consumer products that will be available near you.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/18/2007 )
The Wisdom Door Knows You
Clever use of biometrics to identify those who may pass.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 2/16/2007 )
Robot Parking In Fact and In Fiction
Okay, George Jetson had a car that folded into a briefcase; but you can take your car to NYC and have the robot garage park it for you in real life.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/3/2007 )
Whisson Windmills To Water Australia Like Vaporators?
Inventor from Oz creates windmills that pull water from the air - then you'll really need a droid that speaks the binary language of moisture vaporators.
(re: George Lucas, 1/30/2007 )
Invisible RFID Ink Tattoos For Cattle, People
This new technology solves several vexing problems, and it makes it easy for large unruly herds to be tracked more easily.
(re: Niven/Barnes, 1/18/2007 )
Use Google To Search The Heavens
Google has once again allied themselves with a spectacular scientific project - have they bitten off more data than they can chew?
(re: Neal Stephenson, 1/8/2007 )
Desktop Nanofactory Video
Excellent visualization of how it might work; not really news, but worth watching.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 1/4/2007 )
Power Sheet Provides Flexible Wireless Electricity
This system could provide great flexibility for recharging all of your zillions of devices, without having to take a zillion separate chargers everywhere.
(re: Various, 12/15/2006 )
Compact Vortex Generator Inspired By Squids
Biomimetics scores another triumph - this time, pulsatile jet propulsion.
(re: Various, 12/14/2006 )
Sawfish Underwater Lumberjack Robot
This product dives underwater to recover lumber otherwise wasted in reservoirs and lakes.
(re: Various, 12/6/2006 )
Femtosecond Laser Pulse Turns Metals Pitch Black
Remarkable process creates a perfectly black finish without paints or other coatings.
(re: E.E. 'Doc Smith, 12/3/2006 )
Detect Aggressive Voices With Sigard By Sound Intelligence
If you've been waiting for HAL to tell you to take a stress pill, your wait is over.
(re: Arthur C. Clarke, 11/26/2006 )
Wireless Power For Laptops, Cellphones?
An old concept perhaps made new with "non-radiative" wireless power transmission.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/16/2006 )
Terminator Tongues - USAF Seeks Voice Transformation Tech
Why does the USAF want soldiers to be able to talk like someone else?
(re: Various, 11/13/2006 )
Energy Curtain Captures Energy From Sunlight
This fascinating and useful project is both decorative and thought-provoking in its demonstration of energy choices.
(re: Various, 11/2/2006 )
SunTracker One Brings The Sun Inside
Very cool device to bring a significant amount of light inside your house or building regardless of the sun's direction.
(re: Various, 10/27/2006 )
RealSnailMail With RFID-Chipped Snails
You just thought you've been using snail mail - this is email, with real snails.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/11/2006 )
Airblade From Dyson Airblast From Heinlein
Dyson's latest product offers 400 kph winds of drying power - more than Heinlein's 1940's airblast.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/9/2006 )
Aqua Sciences Water From Atmospheric Moisture
Remarkable (and secret!) technology to lower the price of water to troops in Iraq, and help people in need.
(re: Frank Herbert, 10/6/2006 )
Planetary Annihilation Chances 'Totally Miniscule'
Black holes generated beneath the Earth's surface? I sense no danger here...
(re: David Brin, 9/19/2006 )
Lo-Tek Book Reading (In Bed) Stand
How to read a heavy book in bed hands-free. The anwer comes from Japan.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 8/29/2006 )
Knock-Based Commands Like Heinlein's
Heinlein called this one; Linux programmers now using knock-codes on accelerometer-equipped laptops.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/30/2006 )
Headband Telepathy And Robinson's Mindkiller
Mind to mind transfer will take at least twenty years, but we're getting there, according to scientists.
(re: Spider Robinson, 7/28/2006 )
Chinese Military Takes Page From NASA Apollo Program
NASA actually used this same technique in the 1960's to practice for the Apollo missions.
(re: , 7/27/2006 )
MIT Light-Detecting Fibers Create Niven's Webeye
Amazing fiber web detects light; science fiction gadgets galore may soon exist.
(re: Larry Niven, 7/24/2006 )
Invisibility Cloaks Seen As Possible With Metamaterials
Invisibility stories continue to appear; when do I get my cloaking device?
(re: Ray Cummings, 5/28/2006 )
Invisibility Possible With Superlenses
Ah, the invisibility cloak once again... well, it doesn't appear because... you know.
(re: Ray Cummings, 5/3/2006 )
Mol Switch Project Nanoactuator Opens New Vistas
An amazing molecular magnetic switch bridges the gap between the biological and silicon worlds; this invention will make possible many other applications.
(re: , 4/25/2006 )
HAL-5 Exoskeleton To Carry Mountain Climber
Exoskeletons helped humans raised in microgravity over come Earth's gravity in a 1968 novel; now they help people overcome gravity on Earth in real life.
(re: Fritz Leiber, 4/4/2006 )
MIT Battery Research To Enable 'Electric Phaetons'
John Jacob Astor dreamed of electric cars that would serve us in 1894; all he needed was a really good battery technology.
(re: John Jacob Astor, 2/19/2006 )
Quantum Telecloning And 'The Enemy Within'
It happened once to Captain Kirk by accident; now scientists have demonstrated that they can do it on purpose. Now that's progress.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 2/16/2006 )
NASA Strategy For Urban Heat island NYC
NASA has strategies to help small urban heat islands like NYC. Who can help a species with a 'planet' heat island? Larry Niven, that's who.
(re: Larry Niven, 2/9/2006 )
StarChase Tracking Tag And Star Wars Homing Beacon
The Los Angeles police are taking a page from Obiwan Kenobi's book on how to chase suspects; hopefully, they will stay out of asteroid fields.
(re: George Lucas, 2/6/2006 )
Hungry? Print Yourself Some Bacon
If scientists can just about print organs, I can certainly print myself some bacon.
(re: Frank Herbert, 2/3/2006 )
Concrete Canvas - Inflatable Concrete Buildings
This great portable shelter lets you create housing anywhere - even if a housing development would look like hundreds of loaves in a baker's window.
(re: Larry Niven, 2/2/2006 )
Honda Accord ADAS Heinlein Wannabe
We are SO close to Heinlein's Camden Speedster.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 2/1/2006 )
Ratheon Swimmer Denial
Divers beware; Raytheon has your (pulse and frequency) number.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 1/12/2006 )
Algae To Clean Atmosphere
Atmospheric cleansing by means of carefully selected algae has been suggested before.
(re: Niven and Pournelle, 1/12/2006 )
USB Memory 'Swiss'
Karen Traviss thinks about the USB Memory Swiss Army knife a year in advance of the press release.
(re: Karen Traviss, 12/30/2005 )
Palm Vein Authentication First, Then Book
No more worries about lost library cards; just flash your palm at the reader.
(re: William Gibson, 12/23/2005 )
Tweezer Magnifier Available Now (Bush Robots - Not)
What will they think of next? As my eyes age, I need this.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 12/15/2005 )
Crickets Now Have 'Holodeck'
Crickets get theirs first, thanks to helpful humans.
(re: Gene Roddenberry, 12/13/2005 )
Taipei 101 Tower Causing Earthquakes?
Has the world's tallest skyscraper caused quakes in a normally stable zone?
(re: William Alden, 12/4/2005 )
ANPR Cams - Britain's Roadside Big Brother
The UK's ANPR cameras will log the movement of every vehicle on the roads.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 11/16/2005 )
Lower Limit For Nanobot Size Discovered
Scientists and science fiction writers must accept new limits to imagination, thanks to a remarkable first-ever measurement.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 9/25/2005 )
Light Captured In A Crystal
Normally speedy light stopped for a full second in a crystal by Australian researchers.
(re: Bob Shaw, 9/17/2005 )
Backpack Generator Harnesses Power Of Walking
The brisk strides of hikers converted into electricity.
(re: Frank Herbert, 9/10/2005 )
Babelfish Necklace: Environment Translator
Provides a 3D soundscape, 'translating' the environment for the visually impaired.
(re: Douglas Adams, 8/22/2005 )
Tanaka Auto Door
You may be wondering what is so great about a door that opens only just enough to let a person come in or out... besides being cool.
(re: Jules Verne, 8/21/2005 )
NextFest 2005 - Festival Of Technovelgy
Yes, you read that right - technovelgy, ideas and inventions straight from science fiction books and movies. NextFest is a science fiction-lovers dream come true.
(re: Various, 6/24/2005 )
3D Holographic Images And Heinlein's Stereovision Tank
Harold Garner and his research team have used a gel-filled tank and a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to generate dynamic three-dimensional views from holograms.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 6/21/2005 )
Breathe Like A Fish Thanks To Alan Bodner
Alan Izhar-Bodner, an Israeli inventor, has developed a way for divers to breathe underwater without cumbersome oxygen tanks. His apparatus makes use of the air that is dissolved in water, just like fish do.
(re: Various, 6/1/2005 )
QinetIQ First Automatic Shipboard Landing Of STOVL Craft
QinetIQ experimental VAAC craft with 'Autoland' technology succeeded in the first fully automatic landing of a short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft on a ship.
(re: Various, 5/26/2005 )
Scientists Succeed At (Cryogenically Enhanced Magneto-Archimedes) Levitation
Scientists at the University of Nottingham have succeeded in (Cryogenically-Enhanced-Magneto-Archimedes) levitating some of the heaviest elements in nature, including lead and platinum.
(re: Isaac Asimov, 5/12/2005 )
Flexible Fabric Speakers Are Coming
A Korean research firm has announced that it has developed a technology for the mass production of sound speakers that are as flexible as fabric.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 5/1/2005 )
New Phase Of Ice May Exist
A new phase of ice may exist at temperatures between 4 degrees Kelvin to 50 degrees Kelvin, at high pressures, according to researchers at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center.
(re: Kurt Vonnegut, 4/20/2005 )
Nanostructured Thermoelectric Devices (And John W. Campbell, Jr.)
Nanostructured thermoelectric devices may have a wide variety of practical applications, generating electricity from heat; sounds a lot like John W. Campbell's thermelectrium from a 1935 story.
(re: John W. Campbell, Jr., 4/7/2005 )
RepRap: Self-Replicating Rapid Prototyping
A self-replicating, rapid prototyping machine developed at the University of Bath in England could transform the nature of manufacturing. People could produce everyday household objects in their own homes and put them together.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 3/25/2005 )
Electrical Barrier To Keep Asian Carp Out Of Great Lakes
A permanent electrical barrier will go into use in February to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp that are moving up the Mississippi river.
(re: Roger Zelazny, 1/13/2005 )
Niven's 'Black Power' Now Available In Infrared
A team lead by University of Toronto scientist Ted Sargent has created a sprayable plastic composite that could harvest as much as thirty percent of the solar power that strikes a surface.
(re: Larry Niven, 1/10/2005 )
Afroditikrassa World View LED Cluster Lamp
Industrial design consultants Afroditikrassa have created a virutally weightless lighting fixture called 'world view.' It's pretty close to Frank Herbert's suspensor lamp from Dune.
(re: Frank Herbert, 11/12/2004 )
The Smart Construction Site Of The Future
The future construction site detailed in Bruce Sterling's Distraction is closer than you think.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 9/28/2004 )
uFR-II Micro Flying Robot - (Lighter) Son of Micro Flying Robot
Micro flying robot enthusiasts rejoice! Now you can revel in the (lighter) son of the uFR Micro Flying Robot - uFR-II.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 8/18/2004 )
Fatal Vision Goggles - Simulate Impaired Driving
Fatal Vision Simulator Goggles are designed to help you see poorly. They simulate the experience of driving while under the influence.
(re: Rudy Rucker, 8/14/2004 )
Electronic Number Plate RFID Keeps Tabs On Vehicles
A South African company now offers Electronic Number Plate RFID technology to keep track of your comings and goings in your car.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 8/9/2004 )
Data Mining In Three Dimensions
Graphical representation of information is not new; the first graphs appeared in the late eighteenth century. More recently, Sandia National Laboratories has created a data mining and visualization software suite that is able to accept information fr
(re: William Gibson, 7/12/2004 )
Printing RFID Tags With Magic Ink
Security technology like RFID devices, barcodes and smart cards are going to be smaller, more flexible and easier to manufacture responsibly thanks to a metal printing technology developed by QinetiQ Metal Printing.
(re: Larry Niven/Steven Barnes, 7/7/2004 )
Deterministic Quantum-State Teleportation Achieved With High Fidelity
Teleportation, the transfer of quantum states between widely separated atoms, was achieved by different research teams in Austria and the United States.
(re: Clifford Simak, 6/17/2004 )
Zombie RFID Tags Arise To Face Privacy Advocates
Zombie RFID tags may find their way into your pockets - causing some privacy advocates to breath a sigh of relief.
(re: Neal Stephenson, 5/21/2004 )
Super-Photons Used For Good, Not Evil
Super-photons may be able to provide a way to encode yet more information on CDs; more powerful computers and higher data security may also be possible. This is not your father's Thessian super-proton technology.
(re: John W. Campbell, 5/19/2004 )
Talking Washing Machines Are More Accessible
New washing machines are starting to look, well, more modern, with LCD displays and smooth, easy-to-clean panels. Unfortunately, that makes appliances much more difficult to use for people with vision problems, who would prefer large knobs.
(re: William Gibson, 5/18/2004 )
Global Water Crisis
An excellent article from The Scientist provides excellent details about the global water crisis, and some possible solutions.
(re: Frank Herbert, 5/11/2004 )
Obtaining Unobtainium at DARPAtech 2004
DARPA searches for impossible materials - unobtainium - and is succeeding.
(re: William Gibson, 4/10/2004 )
Tunnel Boring Machine B6 For Sale
580 tonne boring machine used to dig the Eurotunnel on sale now - perfect ornament for the garden.
(re: Jerry Pournelle, 4/6/2004 )
NASA Debates Terraforming Mars
NASA will hold a formal debate on terraforming Mars tomorrow night at its third Astrobiology Science Conference.
(re: Larry Niven, 3/29/2004 )
StrikeAlert Personal Lightning Detector Gives Warning
There are 8,600,000 lightning strikes per day on Earth - better get your StrikeAlert detector before the Mother of Storms comes to an open field near you!
(re: John Barnes, 3/29/2004 )
Nanotechnology Grand Challenge Events Called For
We've all had fun watching the recent Grand Challenge race run by DARPA. Let's help DARPA set up the nanotechnology Grand Challenge for very small vehicles.
(re: Technovelgy.com, 3/17/2004 )
Philips FluidFocus: Variable Focus Fluid Lens
Philips FluidFocus - a variable-focus lens system with no mechanical moving parts - is very similar to Frank Herbert's oil lens in Dune (1964).
(re: Frank Herbert, 3/4/2004 )
Extreme 2003: Hydrothermal Vent Grind
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is hosting students from around the world on a 23-day research expedition to the Pacific Ocean floor: Extreme 2003 - To the Depths of Discovery.
(re: Peter Watts, 12/8/2003 )
Bush Signs Nanotech R&D Act
At 2:10 P.M. EST this afternoon, President Bush is scheduled to sign the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act into law.
(re: Philip K. Dick, 12/3/2003 )

 

 

 

 

 

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