The topic for the day is the ultraphone ear-disc. You may know it better as
Some of the other things that Armageddon 2419 introduced (there are more):
1. remotely piloted drones (more radio)
Armageddon was adapted into the Buck Rogers comic strip just a year later, and it mostly delves into space exploration after that, but that initial novella was quite visionary.
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One of the shows I loved growing up, and, when I say loved, I mean loved, as in it was not negotiable as to whether or not I was going to get to watch it or not, and my family knew it, was Doctor Who. Other than the TARDIS, the Doctor had two things that were really cool: K-9 and his sonic screwdriver. The sonic screwdriver is kind of what it sounds like. Okay, well, it's not a screwdriver at all, at least, not in appearance, but it does use sound as a sort of a screwdriver, and, other than a lightsaber, it's one of the things I grew up wanting to have.
the latest Doctor with his screwdriver
There has been ongoing research into sound over the years, specifically ultrasound. That is, after all, how we got the ultrasound machine. There are even ultrasound techniques for non-invasive surgery. Yes, they don't have to cut you open, just use a beam of sound to take care of what ails you. The new development, though, is that some physicists at the University of Dundee got together and developed a way to lift and manipulate objects with sound alone. It's a pretty amazing achievement that could lead all sorts of places. One problem: I don't think it's something anyone's going to be carrying around in their pocket anytime soon.
Always liked Buck Rogers. I need to pick up Armageddon 2419 and check out the origins.ReplyDelete
I never got into any of that old stuff like Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, or Tom Swift. About the closest I got was they would show some old serials like "Commander Cody" on episodes of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" back in the day.ReplyDelete
That's so cool. Novelists don't get nearly as much credit for inventing the world as we know it. :)ReplyDelete
Lift and manipulate? Wow. I know you just said that it's unlikely anyone would be carrying around one of those devices in the near future, but imagine being able to move things around invisibly with that kind of control.ReplyDelete
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writers have insights into what others refuse to imagine -- nice postReplyDelete
Cool facts on Buck Rogers. I guess no Twiggy in the original? :)ReplyDelete
I want one of those screwdrivers the Doctor has. How handy.
Yeah, the Doctor's sonic screwdriver was way cooler looking than the modern one.ReplyDelete
I loved Buck Rogers as a kid, but had no idea of its origins.ReplyDelete
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I've gotta say, I like Wells's Sleeper better than Armageddon 2419 AD. But the ear-bud thing is cool. I used to wear earphones around as a kid and pretend I was in the secret service, or a spy. Too many Bond movies I guess.ReplyDelete
Alex: I liked the '70s TV show. I never followed the comic strip.ReplyDelete
Grumpy: I loved The Copperhead. That was my favorite of the old serials.
L.G.: No, they don't. And they should. It's too bad you can't patent the idea and sell it.
Golden Eagle: Yeah, I know. Especially, if you were an exo-suit with cybernetic connections with lasers!
judysnwnotes: Thanks! And thanks for stopping in.
M Pax: Nope, no Twiggy. And, yeah, I would love a sonic screwdriver! Thanks for coming by!
Rusty: Well, you can't really drop the modern one in your pocket.
Shannon: It's okay; I didn't either.
S.L.: I've never read Armageddon, and it's been so long since I read Sleeper that I don't remember it very well. I do remember liking it, though.
What kid doesn't want to be a spy?