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[2]: I'd forgotten!
by sbergman27 on Tue 15th May 2007 18:50 UTC in reply to "RE: I'd forgotten!"
sbergman27
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Hehehe. Sounds so much like when I grew up in South Carolina, back in the 60's and 70's. :-)
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Sounds like we're about the same age. ;-)

If you liked that, do please read Jonathan Schwartz's blog for today and click on the "I Dream of Jeannie" bottle!

http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/what_we_did

-Steve

Edited 2007-05-15 18:57

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