MI Readers Suggest: Amazing Marvels of Tomorrow (Aug, 1955)
MI Readers Suggest: Amazing Marvels of Tomorrow
Here are the 50 Golden Hammer-winning inventions for the world of 2055, selected from the thousands submitted by MI readers.
Illustrated by Gurney Miller IF YOU future-minded MI readers can bear to cast a backward glance (just to the March 1955 issue) you’ll recall a rosy forecast of the year 2055 A.D. entitled Amazing Marvels Of Tomorrow by that joyous prophet O. O. Binder. In connection with that article we announced that 50 Golden Hammers would be given for the 50 best ideas for inventions that would make the world of 2055 even jollier. From the thousands of suggestions that poured in from enthusiastic futurists we have selected the 50 below. Some of these ideas were sent in by as many as 20 different readers. In such cases, when the idea was a winner, we gave the award to the writer of the letter with the earliest postmark.
To all MI readers who sent in suggestions: a million thanks. And may the world of tomorrow be as wonderful as we all hope!
Sound and color cameras that record on tape. Home movies can then be played back on your TV set. B. E. Arnold, Wilmington, Cal.
Instead of doors and walls, force beams cut off vision by bending light rays. To enter a house you merely step through the electronic beam. Larry Hyder, Metolius, Ore.
Protective solution for teeth that permanently prevents decay. R. Sheehan, Manitowoc. Wis.
Small nuclear-powered oxygen extractor that allows frogmen to stay underwater indefinitely. A. J. Gilbert, No. Canton, Ohio.
Radio that picks up voices from the past, lets you tune in on historic speeches. Mrs. Link Jackson, Slaughters, Ky.
For craftsman: an easily worked plastic-metal in strip, sheet and mastic form. An electric light hardens work into tough, seamless unit. Ben Chance, Park Ridge, Ill.
Recording tape that plays back voice and image on receiving machine, to be mailed like letters. Harry Russell, USS Eldorado.
For home decorators, a projector that transfers color photos to walls, can also erase them. Harold Chapin, Athol, Mass.
A thin, waterproof, one-piece garment that is thermostatically controlled, to wear outside roofed-over towns. R. L. Smith, Syracuse, N. Y.
Central Information Bureau that flashes desired information on any subject on a screen after question has been dialed in. PFC Frank Schreiber, U.S. Army, Schweinfurt, Germany.
Fast sleep machine: crawl in and get the equivalent of eight hours’ sack time in minutes. Larry Larson, Branson, Mo.
Chemical stimulant for regrowing lost parts of the bodyâ€”hands, legs, fingers, etc. Winfield S. Weaver, Delphi, Ind.
For hunters and cops, a paralyzing ray which stuns temporarily. No more fatal gun accidents or cruelly wounded game. Daniel Garcia, Chicago, Ill.
Building and paving material that stores light, glows all night. J. B. Butler, Denver, Colo.
Impulse-induction spectacles for the blind, or for seeing in the dark. Transmits images directly to the brain. Howard Moore, San Diego, Calif.
Ocean floor vacation resort: a Glassteel bubble enclosing an underwater hotel. Laverne Huber, Hamilton, Ont.
Electronic Transporter: person or object to be transported any distance is put in analyzer, converted to electronic pattern and sent via radio beam to preselected integrating receiver, then converted back to original form. O. H. Klinefelter, Glen Ridge, N. J.
Space binoculars that convert earth’s magnetic field into light rays visible to viewer, thus allowing one to see around curvature of earth, underwater, in mines, buildings, etc. A. E. Smithson, San Diego, Calif.
Automatic two-way translator that allows you to converse with anyone while you speak your language and he speaks his. Jason W. Lee, Ashland, Ore.
For mothers, a pocket viewer similar to a tiny TV screen, enabling you to keep an eye on what’s going on at home. Ruth Hazel, N. Randolph, Mass.
Moving road map on your dashboard that shows the exact location of your car as you drive merrily along your way. Thomas Halt, Burley, Idaho.
Electronic money: funds are automatically transferred by pocket radio hook-up to a central bank. Robert Mc-Grane, Chicago, Ill.
Radio device on cars lights up highways coating for a few miles ahead, eliminates glare, allows greater speeds with safety. Michael Miller, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.
Daily exposure to vitamin ray supplies your exact daily requirements, controls weight by inhibiting or encouraging assimilation. Brian Larkin, Philadelphia, Penna.
All housework done automatically by appliances controlled by timers, working on light beams of various colors.
Ray Bene, South Newport, Ky.
For home bars, automatic drink mixers. Push a button, get your favorite drink mixed just the way you like it, effortlessly, in only a few seconds. Gerard Severynse, Glendale, N. Y.
Thought projector converts human thought into visible image on screen. Invaluable in crime detection, phychiatry. Harold Jackson, Kankakee, Ill.
TV tape that records programs you especially like, plays them back on set. You can record yourself or buy tape recordings. Neil Burnett, Springfield, O.
Degravitation unit that can lift, suspend, transport or lower objects weighing thousands of tons. W. F. Edmondson, Sr., Greenville, S. C.
Hand tool that emits narrow force field, cuts any material to specified depth. Ralph Jones, Leaksville, N. C.
Factories that take in sea water endlessly, retaining and sorting useful matter. Albert Ericson, Detroit, Mich.
For doctors, an electronic diagnostic device that locates pain exactly. Jack Champlin, Seattle, Wash.
Electronic master clocks that control all timepieces in the area, keeping them on time. Lou Tiffany, Napa, Calif.
Ageometer: medical device that brings the life cycle to a halt, kills all harmful organisms, reactivates patient’s body, giving him perfect health, extended life expectancy. W. H. Allen, MD, Tucson, Ariz.
Shopping by TV: you have only to dial the item number; it is billed and shipped to you immediately by underground conveyor tube. John Heffley, Collinsville, Texas.
Automatic cleaning closet for the home; clothes are cleaned and freshened by ultrasonic beams. Daniel Wilshire, Lake Zurich, Ill.
Exterior and interior walls that can be turned to different color and transparency frequencies. Carl Klamut, Bellport, N. Y.
With Teleautovision on your dashboard you can see the road ahead of the cars in front of you; no need to pull out of line for a peek before passing. Henry Roy, Sr., Devon, Conn.
For enjoying home life in peace, an electronic screen that lets in only the sounds that you really want to hear. Scott Pope, Bay City, Mich.