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: Magic
by randy7376 on Wed 16th May 2007 01:27 UTC
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We had one of these Space Command remotes that went with our Zenith console television.

We also had a little dog that slept in a green bean bag chair next to this TV (hey, it was the 70's!). She had about three tags on her collar, and like the keys dropped on the floor, when she would get up and shake around, the TV would change channels, change volume, and/or turn off.

This was especially entertaining at 3:00am when she would shake, make the TV come on, and we'd all get awakened by either the test tone or lots of static blaring out of the speaker!

Ah! Those were the days! ;)

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