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New 'active' invisibility cloak design 'drastically reduces' visibility

New 'active' invisibility cloak design 'drastically reduces' visibility | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
A new type of “active” invisibility cloak that could operate over a broad range of frequencies has been developed by researchers at the University of Texas in Austin.
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Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin have made Harry Potter's invisibility cloak a reality.

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Activist Post: Medical Nanobots Will Connect Brain to Cloud Computing - Ray Kurzweil

Activist Post: Medical Nanobots Will Connect Brain to Cloud Computing - Ray Kurzweil | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
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In Star Trek, nanobots were used by the Borg to assimilate people. Real world nanites will be able to monitor body functions and even administer medicines.  All the data collected can even be connected to the cloud.

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Can Printers Provide Fix For Deadly Donor Organ Problem?

Can Printers Provide Fix For Deadly Donor Organ Problem? | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Dying patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but university labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3D-printing technology to build tiny chunks of organs. Regenerative medicine has already implanted lab-grown skin, tracheas and bladders into patients — body parts grown slowly through a combination of artificial scaffolds and living human cells.
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Artificial organs have been in many sci-fi movies, such as RepoMen.  We may actually surpass the visions of some of these movies, as we will soon be able to 3D print organs out of living tissue.

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Israel close to deploying 'Star Wars' laser defense system

Israel close to deploying 'Star Wars' laser defense system | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
An Israeli arms company revealed details of a state-of-the-art laser system which will hit targets the current defense technology Iron Dome, pictured, could not.
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We may not be using lasers in battles between starships, but the US and Israel are developing systems that use high powered lasers to disintegrate incoming missile and drones.

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Star Trek envisions the tablet

Star Trek envisions the tablet | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
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Star Trek was one of the early shows to envision our future with tablets.  They sure got it right, as today tablets are a mainstream source of entertainment and content.

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NASA Looks at 3-D Food Printer for Star Trek-like Replicator

NASA Looks at 3-D Food Printer for Star Trek-like Replicator | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
The International Space Station may soon have its very own Star Trek food replicator. Earlier this week, NASA awarded a $125,000 six month grant to the Systems & Materials Research Cooperation to design a 3D printer capable of printing a pizza from 30-year shelf stable foodstuffs. Founded by Anjan Contractor, SMRC built a basic food…
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NASA is looking at 3D printers to develop technologies similar to Star Trek's replicators, that make a variety of food objects out of their component parts.

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Voxtec - Phraselator

Voxtec - Phraselator | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Voxtec International is the recognized leader in mobile, machine-based, speech-to-speech language translation systems that address our world’s growing communication needs.
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The universal translator in Star Trek is now a reality in part.  The Voxtec Phraselator is a speech to speech translator that can translate between over 70 different languages.

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Meet John and Julie: Holograms Beamed Into The Manchester Airport

Meet John and Julie: Holograms Beamed Into The Manchester Airport | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Last week, Manchester International Airport started using two holograms of real employees to remind travelers to ditch their liquids. According to Russell Craig, the airport spokesman, it has shown "incredible results" — and has created some confusion.
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Holograms have been present in many sci-fi shows, including Star Trek and Star Wars. While we don't yet have holograms as sophisticated as those on the holodeck, the Manchester Airport is using them to provide guests with information about security procedures.

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Tasers allow stun ability of Phasers

Tasers allow stun ability of Phasers | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
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Phasers and their ability to subdue foes without injury have always been a staple of the Star Trek series.  Tasers bring this ability into reality, allowing law enforcement to subdue subjects without causing permanent injury.

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MIT invents painless, programmable hypospray

MIT invents painless, programmable hypospray | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
We've got phasers. We've got tricorders. And now, thanks to MIT, we've got a hypospray that works just like the real thing, delivering programmable doses of drugs painlessly right through your skin without any needles.
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15 Real Sci-Fi Technologies About to Change the World

15 Real Sci-Fi Technologies About to Change the World | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
We've all come out of a sci-fi movie wishing we had whatever cool gadget the hero was killing aliens with. Fortunately, our readers dug up some techno...
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A new telescopic contact lens could make "Six Million Dollar Man" vision a reality.

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Creating an image of the mind

Creating an image of the mind | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
We've all come out of a sci-fi movie wishing we had whatever cool gadget the hero was killing aliens with. Fortunately, our readers dug up some techno...
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Technology is being developed that is able to produce an image from your thoughts.  This could eventually lead to being able to send images to the brain, such as is shown in Total Recall.

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How Google's robo-cars mean the end of driving as we know it

How Google's robo-cars mean the end of driving as we know it | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Why waste your drive time doing the actual driving, when technology can be your chauffeur? The century-old auto culture is on the verge of radical change, and you can thank Google for where it's headed. Read this article by Stephen Shankland on CNET News.
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Self-driving cars have been featured in a variety of sci-fi movies, from I Robot to Minority Report.  Now they are no longer science fiction but science fact.

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Real life HAL 9000 meets Skynet: AI controlled video surveillance society

Real life HAL 9000 meets Skynet: AI controlled video surveillance society | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Eye in the sky is everywhere, but what if all those cameras were functioning as eyes connected to computers with artificial intelligence that can see, learn and make decisions on what to report in real-time as threats based on behavior recognition? The surveillance society has made a quantum-leap forward.
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AISight software developed by BRS Labs provides one of the first computer controlled surveillance systems, that can analyze behavior patterns, and can actually learn from what it sees to better detect abnormal and suspicious behavior.

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Star Trek communicator is todays Cell Phone

Star Trek communicator is todays Cell Phone | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
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The communicator from Star Trek, a small device that let Kirk and the crew communicate with each other, has become a reality.  We just call them cell phones, and today they do far more than just let us make calls.

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Time.com - Teleportation Is Real – But Don't Try It at Home

Time.com - Teleportation Is Real – But Don't Try It at Home | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Physicists have brought a science-fiction staple close to reality
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Teleportation is now a reality, but not in the way you might think.  Teleporting objects and people is a long way off, but scientists have been able to share information between light particles called photons.

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ASIMO by Honda | The World's Most Advanced Humanoid Robot

ASIMO by Honda | The World's Most Advanced Humanoid Robot | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Read about ASIMO by Honda, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, as well as other robotics technology by ASIMO Innovations.
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Droid have been a mainstay of sci-fi, from Data in Star Trek, to C-3PO and R2-D2 in Star Wars.  Today, we have droids such as ASIMO, that are able to interact with humans, assist them with tasks, and can even recognize facial expressions and emotions.

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​Nerve implants make bionic hand feel almost real

​Nerve implants make bionic hand feel almost real | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
A man who lost his hand a decade ago can now feel it again, thanks to complex surgery which implanted electrodes into nerves in his upper arms. The implants give feedback from pressure sensors in the prosthetic hand, which his brain processed naturally.
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Luke's bionic arm in the original Star Wars trilogy looked and functioned just like a real arm.  Today we have almost reached that point.  A bionic arm has been developed that can be controlled by your thoughts just like a real arm, and can even feel.

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Optical tractor beam sorts tiny particles - physicsworld.com

Optical tractor beam sorts tiny particles - physicsworld.com | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Beads are pushed or pulled depending on their size
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Tractor beams have long been seen in sci-fi movies, but scientists have created a working version of a tractor beam that can be used to manipulate particles and cells.

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Real-World Star Trek Tricorder Raises $10.5 Million in Funding

Real-World Star Trek Tricorder Raises $10.5 Million in Funding | Sci-fi technologies that have become reality | Scoop.it
Scanadu, maker of a handheld device that measures a user's vital readings, announced $10.5 million in funding on Tuesday.
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