Science Fiction Round-Up: Tesla Guns, Programmable Matter, Update on Cyborg Hands

Hello everyone! I’m postponing my follow-up to the Heroic Hero of Heroism post until next week. For now, here’s a quick round-up of a bunch of science fiction related articles to get you thinking.

Mad Scientist Builds Tesla Gun

Inspired by the graphic novel, Rob Flickenger decided to build a gun that shoots lightening. I don’t think I have to tell you that this is a cool idea that would make for a good addition for a story. Heck, it could be a story.

Source: 33rd Square

Tiny Robots That Build Themselves Into Shapes

That’s as exciting as it gets at the moment, but the idea is a really cool one. The idea is to mimic Amino Acids in nature and create long strands of interlocking robots that can connect to each other and fold into different shapes. If the pieces were small enough, this could be practically any physical object, so after making that pot of coffee and realizing I don’t have a mug, I could just stick my hand into a pocket, pull out a handful of these micro-building  blocks and say “Form of coffee mug,” and the little suckers would turn into one, perhaps with a pre-programmed image of my face on it or something. Interesting note, the research team working on this invented an electric motor that holds its position without power, so that’s going to find itself in potentially thousands of different other applications.

Source: Singularity Hub

Another Cool Bionic Hand

It seems like every time I do a round-up it involves a bionic arm, or hand, or other limb. Well, that’s because I think they’re cool. In any case, this one’s a winner. First of all, it looks cool, but it’s also very functional, allowing the wearer to change settings on the fly by twitching muscles instead of manually adjusting modes with his other hand. He still has to adjust the thumb position, but if you watch the video, you can see he can get a surprising level of dexterity and utility out of the limb. It’s still not perfect, but this is a marked improvement since I’ve been following the development of prosthetics.

Source: Singularity Hub

That’s it for now! Next week I’ll talk about what makes Ender Wiggin from Ender’s Game a well-written hero. Until then, this is a video of a dinosaur puppet. Discuss.


About erikthereddest

I'm a Masters student in English, and I love technology and Science Fiction. I am refining and enhancing my (admittedly novice) writing talents under the sage advice of my friends here at Lantern Hollow Press, and with the great many books I am reading from the best authors I can find.

Posted on December 12, 2012, in Erik Marsh, Inspiration, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Roundup, Technology, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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