Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Date Device Name (Novel Author)
1950 Mass-Conversion Ship (from Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein)
1950 Helicab - first use (from Heli-Cab Hack by John Weston)
1950 Fontema (from First Lensman by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1950 Two-Wheeled Ground Car - gyro-stabilized (from First Lensman by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
1950 Underpeople (from The Ballad of Lost C'Mell by Cordwainer Smith)
1950 Earthport (from The Ballad of Lost C'Mell by Cordwainer Smith)
1950 Shuttle (from Stars are Styx by Theodore Sturgeon)
1950 Quickthaw (from Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein)
1950 Yeast Steak (from The Evitable Conflict by Isaac Asimov)
1950 Syntho-Steak (from Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein)
1950 Torch (from Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein)
1950 Nexialist (from Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt)
1950 Haberman (from Scanners Live in Vain by Cordwainer Smith)
1950 Robot Mice - tiny cleaning machines (from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury)
1950 Culture Tank (from Needle by Hal Clement)
1950 Hybrid Mass Driver - moon bound (from The Man Who Sold The Moon by Robert Heinlein)
1950 The Machines (from The Evitable Conflict by Isaac Asimov)
1950 Anti-Tri-D Shot (from The Morning of the Day They Did It by E.B. White)
1950 Computer-Controlled House (from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury)
1950 Automatic Light Switch (from The Man Who Sold The Moon by Robert Heinlein)
1950 Voice-Clock (from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury)
1950 Stratovideo (Television Plane) - line-of-sight communication (from The Morning of the Day They Did It by E.B. White)
1950 Space Platform (from The Morning of the Day They Did It by E.B. White)
1950 Diaheliper (from The Morning of the Day They Did It by E.B. White)
1950 Tri-D (from The Morning of the Day They Did It by E.B. White)
1950 Sand Ship (from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury)
1951 Shuttle Ship - early Space Shuttle (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Microwire (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Winged Rocket Shuttle (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Teledar - 3D TV (from The Jester by William Tenn)
1951 Half-Sphere Force Field - not an ordinary spherical force field (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Cold-Sleep - hibernation between the stars (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Mechanical Teacher - one for all (from The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Machine Test Scoring (from The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Robass - a robotic mule (from The Quest for Saint Aquin by Anthony Boucher)
1951 The Veldt - serengeti in the nursery (from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury)
1951 Telebook - words on a screen (from The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Vocalex Kitchen - auto eats (from The Jester by William Tenn)
1951 Neuronic Whip - it delivers pain (from The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Helmet-Mounted Display Screen - display where you need it (from Rock Diver by Harry Harrison)
1951 Vibratory Mass Penetrator - not what you're thinking (from Rock Diver by Harry Harrison)
1951 Neutron Disruption Blaster (from The Complete Paratime by H. Beam Piper)
1951 Metal Foil Advertisement (from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury)
1951 Suction Mail Tube (from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury)
1951 Happylife Home - visit to The Veldt (from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury)
1951 Odorophonics - scent player (from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury)
1951 Martian Perambulator (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Molecule Matrix (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Movable Slideway - it comes to you (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Powered artificial exoskeleton (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Spinning Pressurized Drum (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Guided Missile Control Station (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Space Transfer Station (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Audio Relay - personal RFID transceiver (from The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Autocab (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Anti-Spying Device (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Airtight Tent (from Asteroid of Fear by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1951 Atom-Driven Drill (from Asteroid of Fear by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1951 Self-Sealing Plastic (from Asteroid of Fear by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1951 Asteroid Garden (from Asteroid of Fear by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1951 Asteroid Homesteaders' School (from Asteroid of Fear by Raymond Z. Gallun)
1951 Polaron Beam (from Earthlight (Novella) by Arthur C. Clarke)
1951 Personal Capsule - for your eyes only (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Flavor-Fix Rheostat - perfect flavor every time (from The Jester by William Tenn)
1951 Spy Beam (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Security Restraint Field (from Between Planets by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Plasto-Textile (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Trantor - planet city (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Nuclear Shears (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Agricultural World (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Static Field (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Ultrawave Relay (or Hyperwave Relay) - first use of FTL communication (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Pocket Nucleo-Bulb - better than those LED flashlights (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Negative Molecular Motion (from The Universe Between by Alan E. Nourse)
1951 Personal Force-Shield - earliest mention? (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Force-Field Penknife - origin of the Lightsaber? (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Jump Through Hyperspace - is travel through hyperspace possible? (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Calculator Pad - grandfather of the pocket calculator (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Gravitic Repulsion Elevator - going up (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Directional Ticket - the ticket guides you (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Surrogate Skin (from The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Flying Saucer - alien spacecraft (from The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Selector Card (from The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Finger Watch - the original (from The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein)
1951 Psychohistory (from Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1951 Meson Filter - a robotic sense of humor (from The Jester by William Tenn)
1951 Robot Comedian - laughs at its own jokes (from The Jester by William Tenn)
1951 Variable Modifier - snicker or belly laugh (from The Jester by William Tenn)
1951 Butler-Valet Robot (from The Jester by William Tenn)
1952 Hypnoteleset (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Plasticocoon (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Menslator - mental translation (from Troubled Star by George O. Smith)
1952 Barytrine Field - planet moving (from Troubled Star by George O. Smith)
1952 Space Beacon - variable star will guide you (from Troubled Star by George O. Smith)
1952 Robot Cab Driver - everybody's got problems (from A Present for Pat by Philip K. Dick)
1952 Automatic Pilot - a brief history (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Levitating Path (from A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury)
1952 Gas Giant - coined a phrase (from Solar Plexus by James Blish)
1952 Visi-Sonor - emotional brain multi-media (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Tiny Nuclear Generator (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Personal Solar Plant (from Ring Around the Sun by Clifford Simak)
1952 Panatrope - mutation for survival (from Surface Tension by James Blish)
1952 Solar-powered Prefab House (from Ring Around the Sun by Clifford Simak)
1952 Tourist Rocket (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Triple Airlock (from Uller Uprising by H. Beam Piper)
1952 Chlorella Plantation (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Water Bulb (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Soot-Extractor Nostril Plugs (Antisoot Plugs) - breathe easier (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Chicken Little - vat-grown protein (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Airplane Window Ads - ads on clouds (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Lunocycle (Lunar Bicycle) - better than Bessie the mule (from The Rolling Stones by Robert Heinlein)
1952 Flat Cat (from The Rolling Stones by Robert Heinlein)
1952 Prism Window - better plane window (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Hilsch Vortex Tube - Maxwell's demon lives! (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Broomstick - move in space (from Islands in the Sky by Arthur C. Clarke)
1952 Monoline - overland sailing (from Big Planet by Jack Vance)
1952 Stun Pistol (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Electronic Spy (from Ring Around the Sun by Clifford Simak)
1952 Automated Wake-Up Call - the hotel wakes you up (from The Kokod Warriors by Jack Vance)
1952 Ribbon World (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Compulsive Subsonics - ads dodge your cortex (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Retinal Projection - put the ad right on the eyeball (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Nuclear-Field Depressor (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Spray-On Clothing Web (from Abercrombie Station by Jack Vance)
1952 Coffiest - coffee plus (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Flavor-Capsule (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Spray-On Gloves (from Abercrombie Station by Jack Vance)
1952 Psychic Probe (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Pocket Projector (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Mnemiphot (from The Kokod Warriors by Jack Vance)
1952 Kite-Copter Car (from The Kokod Warriors by Jack Vance)
1952 Recorded Books (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1952 Water Bulb (from The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth))
1952 Wall-Light (from Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov)
1953 Garbage Screen - chaff in space (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Sunlight Blocker (from Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke)
1953 Zero-G Cups (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Control Screen (from Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke)
1953 Spacecraft Ejection Seat (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 The Shed - sf predecessor to the VAB (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Sideglance Robe (from The Trouble With Bubbles by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Space Wagon (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Thigh Grips (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Space Weakness (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Hypertracer (from Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1953 Short-Wave Surgical Knife (from Boomerang by Eric Frank Russell)
1953 Automatic Ticket Machine - your ticket to the stars (from Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1953 Worldcraft Bubble (from The Trouble With Bubbles by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Prime Radiant - the ultimate conference projector (from Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1953 Lens Image (from Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1953 Self-Sufficient House (from Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke)
1953 Permanent Skywriting (from Soap Opera by Alan Nelson)
1953 Robot Psyche Tester - gestalting device (from Colony by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Stardrive - not faster than light (from Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke)
1953 Transcriber - an automated transcriptionist (from Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov)
1953 Legislation Analyzer - torn from the headlines (from The Trouble With Bubbles by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Space Flight Simulator (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Seashell Radio (Thimble Radios) - original walkman (or ear buds) (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Electronic-Eyed Snake (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Salamander - it was a pleasure to burn (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Air-Propelled Train - silent mass transit (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Big Flue (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Spot-Wavex Scrambler - personalized mass media (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Parlor Wall (TV Parlor) - original big screen TV (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Mechanical Hound - a fireman's best friend (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Robant (from The Impossible Planet by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Robot Pianist - robotic virtuoso (from Virtuoso by Herbert Goldstone)
1953 Sound Analysis (from Assignment in Eternity by Robert Heinlein)
1953 Speedtalk (from Assignment in Eternity by Robert Heinlein)
1953 Dressing Machine (from Roll Our the Rolov! by Christopher Anvil)
1953 Claws (Attack Robot) - screamers! (from Second Variety by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Ring Road - mag-lev old-style (from Starman Jones by Robert Heinlein)
1953 Magnetic-Soled Shoes - required for space walks (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Torchship - a tail of flame (from Sky Lift by Robert Heinlein)
1953 Machine Evolution (from Second Variety by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Gravity-Simulator Harness - maintain muscle and bone in space (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Robot Door - stolid decision-maker (from Colony by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Rolov (from Roll Our the Rolov! by Christopher Anvil)
1953 R. Daneel Olivaw - I, robot (from Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov)
1953 Preserving Machine (from The Preserving Machine by Philip K. Dick)
1953 Pocket Phone (or pocketphone) - invention of the cell phone (from Assignment in Eternity by Robert Heinlein)
1953 Planoforming (from The Game of Rat and Dragon by Cordwainer Smith)
1953 Pinlight (from The Game of Rat and Dragon by Cordwainer Smith)
1953 Pushpot (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1953 Green Bullet - carry your mentor with you (from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
1953 Inflatable Air Lock - very early reference (from Space Tug by Murray Leinster)
1954 Radiant - just like RFID (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 Pod-Chair (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 Feeler-Planes - sensors for 3D models (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 Radiant Shield (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 Tri-Type Record - 3D reduced to two (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 Boat-Tree (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 House Trees - ultimate tree houses (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 Anti-Gerasone - drink and look younger (from Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
1954 Tanglefoot Field - non-lethal crowd control (from The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein)
1954 Universal Dictionary - grandfather of the electronic dictionary (from The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein)
1954 Reading Plate - 50's style flat panel (from The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein)
1954 Truth Meter - a 50's lie detector (from The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein)
1954 Copter Harness (from The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein)
1954 Sentry Trees (from The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance)
1954 Nanomachine Swarm (Black Cloud) - tiny machines work together (from The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem)
1954 Mechanical Bride - woman or robot (from The Mechanical Bride by Fritz Leiber)
1954 Inorganic Evolution (from The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem)
1954 Suit-Shield Fabric - protective mesh (from The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Lash-Tube (from The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Sales Robot (Robot Salesman) - a robot makes the sales pitch (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Metal Insects (from The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem)
1954 Central Guide-Beam (from Shell Game by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Hopper (from Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus by Isaac Asimov)
1954 Repair Robots - helpful droids (from The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem)
1954 Consumption Robots (from The Midas Plague by Frederik Pohl)
1954 Automatic Companion Robot - better than a puppy (from The Midas Plague by Frederik Pohl)
1954 TBR (Talk Between Robots) Circuit (from The Midas Plague by Frederik Pohl)
1954 Law Clerk Robot (from The Midas Plague by Frederik Pohl)
1954 Prethink - seeing the future (from The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Plastirobe - variations in opacity (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Dermal-Mist Spray (from Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Jiffi-scuttler (from Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Airmakers (from The Big Rain by Poul Anderson)
1954 Retinal Vid-Screen - implanted news screen (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Space Capsule (from Space Capsule by E.R. James)
1954 Visual Ad (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Mnemonic Service (from Sucker Bait by Isaac Asimov)
1954 Hypno-Motor Control (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Compassion Circuit (from Compassion Circuit by John Wyndham)
1954 Self-Selling Robot (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Spacelanes Traffic Jam (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1954 Commute Ship (from Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Visual Report Screen (from Nanny by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Grill-Screen Adaptor (from Foster, You're Dead by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Nanny Robot - child-care robot with punch (from Nanny by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Bore-Pellets (from Foster, You're Dead by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Ramsbotham Gate - wormhole (from Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein)
1955 Aircab (from Time Crime by H. Beam Piper)
1955 Agile Recording Robot (from Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Inflatable Lunar Resort (from Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Hand Wave Control (from Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Protine (from Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Magnetic Grapple-Beams (from Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Probe Screen Hood - block the penetration of the mind (from The Hood Maker ('Immunity') by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Artigraft (from Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Scout-Base (from Diabologic by Eric Frank Russell)
1955 Simulacrum Window (from Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein)
1955 Multivac (from Franchise by Isaac Asimov)
1955 Guard Robot (from The Hood Maker ('Immunity') by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Dashboard TV (from The Chromium Fence by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Diabological Armory (from Diabologic by Eric Frank Russell)
1955 Schrieber Analyzer (from Diabologic by Eric Frank Russell)
1955 Robot Taxi (from Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Robot Gardener - gardening robot (from War Veteran by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Swibble - mind control machine (from Service Call by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Unit Analyst Robot (from The Chromium Fence by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Robot Surgeon-Hand - attached at the wrist (from War Veteran by Philip K. Dick)
1955 Stiletto Beam - mysterious beam in vacuum (from Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke)
1955 Monocab (from Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke)
1955 Central City (Lunar Habitat) (from Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke)
1955 Autofac (Nanorobots) - a factory that can replicate itself (from Autofac by Philip K. Dick)
1956 Biltong Life Form (from Pay for the Printer by Philip K. Dick)
1956 Blue Collar Robot (from The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison)
1956 Anti-Heptant (from To Live Forever by Jack Vance)
1956 Undercover Detective Robot - who am I? (from The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison)
1956 Human Object Recognition - people making robotic life easier (from The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison)
1956 Intelligent Trash Sorting (from The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison)
1956 Regen-Buds (from The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison)
1956 Juvenile - sneaks around (from The Man Who Japed by Philip K. Dick)
1956 Post-Crime - you're still a criminal (from The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick)
1956 Saga - very early virtual reality reference (from The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke)
1956 Living Advertising Character - meet Mr. Presto (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Alcoholic Reliever (from Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley)
1956 Bendix Anxiety Reducer (from Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley)
1956 Home Therapy Appliances, Inc. (from Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley)
1956 Rex Regenerator (Mechanotherapist) - heavy duty therapy (from Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley)
1956 Alcoholic Reliever (from Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley)
1956 Matter Organizer (from The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke)
1956 Central Computer (from The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke)
1956 Precrime Analytical Wing - precogs babble, machines tabulate (from The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick)
1956 Diaspar Memory - everyone gets a copy (from The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke)
1956 Refurbished Nervous System - rewired for speed (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Mechanical Jokester (from Jokester by Isaac Asimov)
1956 Floating Lunar Dust (from Dust Rag by Hal Clement)
1956 Fottengill Process (from Gypped by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.)
1956 Planet Rules (from Drop Dead by Clifford Simak)
1956 Empath - first use (from Empath by J.T. McIntosh)
1956 Space-Beacon (from Exploration Team by Murray Leinster)
1956 Space-Boat (Rocket Boat) (from Exploration Team by Murray Leinster)
1956 Mutated Kodiak Bears (from Exploration Team by Murray Leinster)
1956 Solido (from Chance of a Lifetime by Milton Lesser)
1956 Landing-Grid (from Exploration Team by Murray Leinster)
1956 Planet-Buster Bomb - destroy a planet (from Testing by J.J. Ferrat)
1956 Sympathetic Block - psychological privacy (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Analogue - devolution through chemistry (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 PyrE - thought explosive (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Dental Switchboard - tongue switching (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Jaunte Stage - a little space to teleport (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Whisper Line (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Internal Body Power Pack - AAAAAAAA size (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Robot Bartender - early mention (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Disposal-Safe (from Exploration Team by Murray Leinster)
1956 Drafting Dan - born before CAD (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Radioactive Coding for Checks (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Thorsen Memory Tube (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Robotic Hand (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Flexible Frank - the all-purpose household robot (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Stasis (Cold Sleep, Hibernation) (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Hired Girl Robot - robotic floor maintenance (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Window-Willie - robot help for dirty windows (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Sargasso Asteroid - scavenger planetoid (from The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester)
1956 Universal Checkbook - radioactive checking (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Maximum-security Booth - high security phone system (from Double Star by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Eager Beaver - your friendly robot helper (from The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Eetee (E.T - extraterrestrial) (from Double Star by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Vacutubes (from Double Star by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Precog - see the future (from The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick)
1956 Bounce Tube - pneumatic tube system for people (from Double Star by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Cider Press - acceleration made bearable (from Double Star by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Teakettle - booster rocket (from Double Star by Robert Heinlein)
1956 Hush Corner - noise reduction (from Double Star by Robert Heinlein)
1957 Crop Algae (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Manshonyagger - fighting robot (from Mark Elf by Cordwainer Smith)
1957 Machine Surveillance - first mention of idea (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Battle Tank Display (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Inter-Universal Messenger (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Gravity-Polarized Explosive (TDX) (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Eavesdropper - check if it's safe (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Accelerated Schooling Helmet (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Machine Psychologist - computer psychiatrist (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Anti-agathic drugs (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Proselytizing Robot (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Teleoperated Lab Robot (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Toposcope (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Space Armor (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Teleoperated Beetle Car (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Tin Cabby (Flying Robotic Taxi) - mechacab (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Dirac Transmitter (also Tranceiver or Communicator) - instant communication (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 City Fathers - AI with centuries of experience (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Spindizzy - pick up your town and go (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 The Machine (M) (from The Unreconstructed M by Philip K. Dick)
1957 Police Detection Robot (from The Unreconstructed M by Philip K. Dick)
1957 Robot Situation Neurosis (from The Unreconstructed M by Philip K. Dick)
1957 Mechanical Cleaning Device (from The Unreconstructed M by Philip K. Dick)
1957 Remote Control Taxicab (from The Unreconstructed M by Philip K. Dick)
1957 Death-Rattle (from The Unreconstructed M by Philip K. Dick)
1957 Neural Door Lock (from The Unreconstructed M by Philip K. Dick)
1957 Accelerated Schooling (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Fenton Silencer - early noise cancellation (from Tales from the White Hart by Arthur C. Clarke)
1957 Molecular Sieve (from Tales from the White Hart by Arthur C. Clarke)
1957 Needle-Gun (from Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter by Isaac Asimov)
1957 Peeper - unlock your inner dreams (from Shadow World by Clifford Simak)
1957 Roller (from Shadow World by Clifford Simak)
1957 Project X (from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand)
1957 Brood Assembly - first self reproducing automata (from Cities in Flight by James Blish)
1957 Glass Bees - tiny automatons (from The Glass Bees by Ernst Junger)
1957 Bats' Cave (from The Menace From Earth by Robert Heinlein)
1957 Storer-Gulls Wings - recreation for lunar colonists (from The Menace From Earth by Robert Heinlein)
1957 Magnetic Control of Nebulae - by alien beings (from The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle)
1958 Hypo Arm - tentacle with a needle (from Simulated Trainer by Harry Harrison)
1958 Palm Plate - your hand is the key (from The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb)
1958 Life Detector Shield - an early mention of life sensors (from Cease Fire by Frank Herbert)
1958 Life Detector - I see you! (from Cease Fire by Frank Herbert)
1958 Baby Robot - how cute! (from Brother Robot by Henry Slesar)
1958 Computers Improve Computers (from The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov)
1958 Cone of Silence - the original sound-dampener (from Cease Fire by Frank Herbert)
1958 Edge Controls (from The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov)
1958 Metamen - live in a robot body (from The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb)
1958 Machine Suicide (from All the Troubles in the World by Isaac Asimov)
1958 Predictable Crime (from All the Troubles in the World by Isaac Asimov)
1958 Ethical Suicide Parlor - don't be a drupelet (from Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
1958 Espionage Machine - reading minds scientifically (from No, No, Not Rogov! by Cordwainer Smith)
1958 Impactor Determines Composition (from The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb)
1958 Pocket Computer - a PDA (from The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov)
1958 Asteroid-Metal - raw materials from space (from The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb)
1958 Gyro Two-Wheeled Truck - a Segway truck (from The Sign of the Tiger by Alan Nourse (w/Meyer))
1958 Photosight - sees the highway (from The Sign of the Tiger by Alan Nourse (w/Meyer))
1958 Tik-Talker (from The Sign of the Tiger by Alan Nourse (w/Meyer))
1958 Self-Service Cafeteria (from The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb)
1958 Flexible Wall Sheet Display - flexy flat panel (from The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb)
1958 Message Tree - communication standard for a world (from A Case of Conscience by James Blish)
1958 Para-Beam - light of paralysis (from The Mechanical Monarch by E.C. Tubb)
1958 Nose Gun (from Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison)
1958 Neutronic Shielding - monomolecular protection (from The Sign of the Tiger by Alan Nourse (w/Meyer))
1958 Chin Plates - hands-free controls (from Have Space Suit - Will Travel by Robert Heinlein)
1958 Police Robot - a rookie cop bot (from Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison)
1959 Neodog - smarter than Fido (from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein)
1959 Powered Armor (or Powered Suit) - military exoskeleton (from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein)
1959 Hands Free Helmet - chin up (from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein)
1959 Metallic Marx (from The Robots Strike by Harry Harrison)
1959 Robotic Trash Can - watch it (from Robot Justice by Harry Harrison)
1959 Robot Judge - before Dred (from Robot Justice by Harry Harrison)
1959 Flying Eye - I see you (from The Repairman by Harry Harrison)
1959 Robot Spectra Analyzer (from The Repairman by Harry Harrison)
1959 Electromechanical Educator (from The Fourth R by George O. Smith)
1959 Talking Bomb - psych warfare (from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein)
1959 Personality Death - you're dead to yourself (from Robot Justice by Harry Harrison)
1959 Magnetically Floating Furniture - like sitting on a cloud (from The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
1959 Mark IV Door Keeping Robot - automated rejection (from The Man Who Could Not Stop by A. Bertram Chandler)
1959 Hyperspace Beacon - find your way between the stars (from The Repairman by Harry Harrison)
1959 Memo-Voice (from War Game by Philip K. Dick)
1959 Toy Testing Dummy (from War Game by Philip K. Dick)
1959 Grass Carpet (from The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

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