TOTS Try Toys
Before trying to sell a new product toy maker Oliver Garfield (Toy Development Co.) tests child reactions to them.
Garfield and physicist Arthur Pinker-ton assemble Geniac, a toy electronic brain that flashes replies to queries.
TV WHIZ KID
Steve Allen, 13, with color TV he designed and built. Atherton, Calif., boy has been an electrical prodigy since the age of two.
Steve, whose color set was among first 100 in San Francisco area, made over $1000 last year repairing sets in his neighborhood.
Apple Announces the Lisa 2
by Gregg Williams
When several of us at BYTE saw the Macintosh, we were seriously concerned about the fate of the Lisa in the face of the Macintosh, a machine that is one-third its price and clearly superior in some areas. Apple has answered these concerns by announcing two versions of the Lisa 2, along with the Macintosh, at its annual stockholders’ meeting on January 24.
“Radio Shack’s TRS-80 Computer Is the Smartest Way to Write”
Our word processing system changed Isaac Asimov’s mind about writing-and he’s a renowned science and science fiction author! But you don’t have to be an author to use a TRS-80. If you prepare memos, letters and reports-do what Isaac did. It will change your mind, too.
“I may never use a typewriter again!” Isaac likes the time he saves using SuperSCRIPSIT™ (26-1590, $199), our newest word processing program. “For example, I can assign frequently-used words and phrases to a user-defined key. So whenever I press that
An interesting kit builds circuits that solve problems and play games.
“Electric brains” that work in much the same manner as giant computers can now be built quickly and cheaply by the novice using the new Geniac Construction Kit.
One of the most remarkable kits ever introduced to the public, the Geniac kit provides material and instructions for building 125 separate circuits for operating as many “brain machines.” Among the devices that may be built are logic machines for comparing and reasoning; cryptographic machines for coding and decoding; games such as tic-tac-toe and nim; arithmetic machines for both decimal and binary computations; puzzles such as “the space ship airlock,” “the fox, hen, corn, and hired man;” and miscellaneous devices such as a burglar alarm, an automatic oil furnace circuit, etc.
Last-minute news and notes to keep you up-to-date
By ARTHUR FISHER
NASA fights auto pollution
The big guns of aerospace technology are being enlisted in the battle against the major source of air pollution in this countryâ€”automobile exhaust. The mission: to reduce the one-quarter to one-half ton of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons each car spews into the atmosphere in a year, as a result of incomplete fuel combustion. The battle plan: Develop a thermal reactor that would replace the standard exhaust manifold and serve as an afterburner. But such a reactor must withstand temperatures occasionally exceeding 2,000 degrees F, thermal shock from cold starts, and jarring vibrationsâ€”all problems routinely encountered in space exploration.
Robot Machines Are Cutting Costs, Boosting Profits and Making Jobs, Bringing More Leisure to Everyone.
THOUGH its history is brief, automation already has its own folklore. One of its most widely told legends concerns C.I.O. President Walter P. Reuther and a Ford executive who were touring Ford’s automated engine plant in Cleveland. As they strode past huge self-operating tools that bored cylinder holes, positioned connecting rods and bolted down manifolds, the Ford executive wisecracked: “You know, not one of these machines pays dues to the U.A.W.” Retorted Reuther: “And not one of them buys new Ford cars, either.”
FOR THE MATHEMATICIAN who’s ahead of his time
IBM is looking for a special kind of mathematician, and will pay especially well for his abilities.
This man is a pioneer, an educatorâ€”with a major or graduate degree in Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering with Applied Mathematics equivalent.
You may be the man.
Tiny new memory cell
Too small to be seen in detail with an ordinary microscope, this mite of a memory cell developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories appears here courtesy of the scanning electron microscope. (Some of the dust particles in this photo are the size of a wavelength of light.) The cells are a new kind of silicon semiconductor memory called “charge transfer diode memory,” and are destined for future telephone switching systems, where they will permit computer-memory access speeds in billionths rather than millionths of a second.
With plug-in programs, anybody can use these personal computers
Newest home computers can do special work or use “canned” programs
By WILLIAM J. HAWKINS
“Have a seat,” said Ted Jernigan of Texas Instruments. I was about to get a demo of the newest computer designed for the home.
A simple gray box, resembling a portable typewriter, but smaller, sat on the corner of a desk. A single cable connected it to the TV set in front of me. Electronic music was coming from the TV speaker, and on the screen a color cartoon, also created by the computer, showed an animated hand pressing the space bar of a simulated typewriter console.