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[3]: I'd forgotten!
by DoctorPepper on Tue 15th May 2007 19:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'd forgotten!"
DoctorPepper
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2005-07-12

I'd buy one of them... But only if Jeannie came in it! :-)

I will turn 48 in August. I still don't feel like an "old man" yet, except for days when my back bothers me. Like today.

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