Category:
Technology

Mystery Gadget 75



What's it for?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue May 21, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1920s

Mystery Gadget 74



The purpose of this simple gadget?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Sun May 12, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1940s

Dried Milk as Fuel



Source.


Posted By: Paul - Mon May 06, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food, Motor Vehicles, Technology, 1930s

“It will never become obsolete”

Atari ad from 1980.

Technology companies should probably never claim that their products will never become obsolete.



via Book of Joe

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 01, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology, Computers, Advertising, 1980s

Mystery Gadget 73



What is the very utilitarian purpose of this handsome tower?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.



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Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 22, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology, 1920s

Laundry-Folding Robot

The Foldimate. Hoping to be available for purchase by the end of this year. Target price: $980.

I could see that it might be a useful convenience in places with shared laundry facilities, like apartment buildings. But it would seem a bit extravagant for a single-family home.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 18, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons

Pressure Gauge Watch

Called the PSI watch, it's designed to look like a pressure gauge. So much so that the markings on the dial indicate units of pressure rather than time. And there's only a single hand, which rests at the 0 mark.

So how can you use it to actually tell the time? That's a little complicated. First you need to press the button on the side, then the needle will move three times: first to the hour, then to the ten minute group, and finally to the single minutes. You need to do this each time you want to know the time.

The intended market for this, I assume, is either people who like weird watches, or people who really like pressure gauges.

Available from Tokyoflash for $189.





Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 11, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology

The Incassomat



Foto source.

In 1936, banks invented “the Incassomat” or “robot cashier”, a machine to facilitate deposit making and withdrawals, to improve record keeping and reduce human errors in transactions. Soon, banks piloting it realized the cost of operating it was too high compared with the benefits of error correction.


Text source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 08, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Money, Technology, 1930s

Mystery Gadget 72



What's this device do? Hint: it involves distances.

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 04, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, 1930s

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