Category:
Technology

Mystery Gadget 63



What is going on here?

The answer is at the link.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1950s

Mystery Gadget 62



What did this machine do?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.



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Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 28, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, Nineteenth Century

Smart Clothes

Tommy Hilfiger’s new line of clothing includes an odd feature. You can earn reward points by wearing the clothes, thanks to a smart chip embedded in them. You can eventually redeem these points for Hilfiger gift cards or merchandise. Though I can't find any indication of how many points you need (or how many days you need to wear the clothes) before you get a reward.

More info: Tommy Hilfiger, techcrunch

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 27, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Technology

Ankle phone-holder

From French fashion house Maison Margiela.



If you have the tolerance for it, you can check out the video of their runway show in which a few of the models are wearing the ankle phone-holder. Though the phone holder may be the least weird part of the show. I think at least one of the models was wrapped in fiberglass insulation (see picture below). Others seemed to be wrapped in carpets.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 26, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Technology, Telephones

Blake Reynolds, Early Overdubber

The studio processes of multitracking and overdubbing are commonplace now, a cinch with home digital tech. But in 1952, the notion that a single musician could create a recording where they played every single instrument--a la Prince--was rare and weird.

Here's an early pioneer. Listen to his version of "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Technology, Computers, 1950s

iPhone-holding shower curtain

For those who can't bear to be without their phone for even a few minutes.

It has 17 pockets. So you could have a wall of phones in your shower, if you wanted.

Available from Amazon for $24.95.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 19, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

Mystery Gadget 61



What's it do?

The answer is here.


Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, 1950s

Tinguely’s Metamatics



His Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 05, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Technology, Twentieth Century

Electro-Sonic Memory Trainer and Dormiphone



Source of image.



Source.

A little history of the company, from THE NEW YORK TIMES for 10/24/49.



Posted By: Paul - Mon May 28, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Technology, 1950s, Brain

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