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Mystery Illustration 13


Which corporation--still around today--felt that this technological monster symbolized all the services they provided, back in 1969?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 25, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, 1960's

Push Button Weather

The miraculous Chronotherm! First line of defense!

Sad to contemplate that all these decent-paying job that once provided a good living for so many families have been farmed out to robots and other nations today.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 19, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Appliances, 1950's

The Varitone Sax

A more-or-less failed and forgotten 1960s experiment in electrifying the saxophone.

Two good articles here and here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 13, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Technology, 1960's

Westinghouse Soundwaves

It's been 65 years! Where is my home version of an ultrasonic washing machine, dammit!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 16, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Domestic, Technology, 1950's

Float Nation

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 07, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Body, New Age, Technology

Mystery Gadget 32


The original article provides the answer.

But you might also like to visit this site, which shows the item in contemporary use.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 30, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Regionalism, Technology, Nineteenth Century

Unfit Bits

Tega Brain and Surya Mattu have come up with an "art project" (Unfit Bits) that gives people practical tips on how to cheat fitness trackers, such as the Fitbit. Why would you want to cheat a fitness tracker? Perhaps because your employer is offering a financial incentive to wear the tracker and is then monitoring your data and sharing that data with an insurance company. So screw them. Take their money and supply them with a stream of bogus data.

The cheat methods are as easy as tying the tracker to a pendulum or to the branch of a tree, to make it think you're walking around when you're really slouching in front of the TV. Notes Mattu, "We’re putting this kind of trust into devices that are very simple. Unfit Bits shows how silly the data is from these kinds of sensors." More info at

Unfit Bits from Surya Mattu on Vimeo.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 23, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Art, Exercise and Fitness, Technology

1950s Voice Recognition Device


All that fancy circuitry ends up in typewriter output device.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 01, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Technology, 1950's

When the Circuit Breaks

Forty years onward, what's changed? Same arguments, same solutions. We are doomed!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 08, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: PSA's, Technology, 1970's
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