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Amazing: Consumer Electronics From Half a Century Ago

Sunday, April 9, 2017 15:49
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So I was helping clean up the residence of an elderly relative and came across some fascinating examples of early consumer electronics.

B4INREMOTE-aHR0cHM6Ly8zLmJwLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8tdEZvTHUyR05NVHMvV09xNDFRVXRPekkvQUFBQUFBQUJ0T2svMW9JdnU5ZE1nWm9fYlJtU1FTVkstc3RXRDlrdDV1a1d3Q0xjQi9zMTEwLzE3MDQwOS1jb25zdW1lci1lbGVjdHJvbmljcy1mcm9tLXRoZS1kaXN0YW50LXBhc3QuanBnTop: The Zenith Space Commander Three Hundred is reportedly the first-ever, wireless television remote control. It “used mechanical switches underneath its four buttons that sent out ultrasound in different frequencies… A receiver on the television used those frequences to change the channel and the volume.”

It was introduced about 60 years ago (circa 1956).


Right: Motorola transistor radio, vintage unknown. The first such radio offered to the public was the Regency TR-1, released in 1954, and cost $49.95 or roughly $450 in 2017 dollars.

I’m guessing this is a late fifties or early sixties model, but perhaps one of our expert commenters might be able to identify it more precisely.

Bottom: The Unisonic 931 was first manufactured in 1975. it offered 8 digits of precision and basic algebraic logic functions.

Left: The Zenith Space Command 1000 remote with a fancy, red Zoom function. This was the most modern of this quartet, manufactured around 1975.

It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come; nowadays, an enterprising 12 year-old can control every appliance in a home from an iPhone.

Related: BadBlue Tech News. 


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  • “It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come; nowadays, an enterprising 12 year-old can control every appliance in a home from an iPhone.”

    Yeah – and the Big Joke is that it doesn’t even have to be the kid’s own home! And that is all. 0{:-o[

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