Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2007 17:37 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... "Ever since the remote control's co-inventor Robert Adler passed away [in March], I've wanted to own one of the first remote controls. After trolling through eBay every now and then, I finally have in my hands a piece of the history of the button. But there's a mystery: which piece?" Entertainingly written piece on the world's first remote controls. I totally enjoy the simplicity of the ultrasonic remote: "All these early remotes are purely mechanical. No batteries at all. When you push the button, a small hammer strikes an aluminum rod, triggering a sound above our hearing range that's picked up by the TV. Each rod is a different length, thus a different frequency, thus distinguishable by the TV." Brilliant.
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RE: I'd forgotten!
by DoctorPepper on Tue 15th May 2007 18:13 UTC in reply to "I'd forgotten!"
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Hehehe. Sounds so much like when I grew up in South Carolina, back in the 60's and 70's. :-)

Not so much the remote control (that was mine and my brother's job!), just the "jungle" and the heat, and Lawrence Welk.

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!

Edited 2007-05-15 18:14

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