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Machine Gives Movies Illusion of Depth (Nov, 1932)

Machine Gives Movies Illusion of Depth

MOTION pictures are being given another eye. Recently in the Academy of Sciences, in Washington, Dr. Herbert E. Ives, internationally known engineer, produced motion pictures that gave the illusion of depth, making them appear like views in old-fashioned stereoscopes.

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Mystery Top (May, 1952)

Otherwise known as a Tippe Top, it’s really something to watch.

Mystery Top
How does it work? A mysterious top, spun on a smooth surface in the ordinary manner, spins normally for a few seconds, then rolls over and continues to spin on its stem. Eventually, as it “runs down,” the plastic top rolls over on its side and finally resumes its normally upright position. It comes in two-color combinations.

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Electronic Color Television is Here (Feb, 1947)

Electronic Color Television is Here

ALL-ELECTRONIC color television, which RCA engineers have achieved in a form that does not make black-and-white equipment obsolete, is a complete departure from the mechanical color transmissions of recent years. Mirrors and photoelectric cells replace moving parts.

In a recent demonstration at Princeton, N. J., pictures were broadcast with a new color-slide camera. Its developers plan laboratory transmission of live-action studio scenes by mid-1947, outdoor action scenes late in 1947, theater-size pictures in 1948.

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Jap Cars Shown (Very Early Toyotas) (Jan, 1948)

Wow, this is just the beginning of Toyota’s reemergence after WWII. According to the blurb they only made about 2700 cars a year. Currently they are the second largest car company in the world and produce close to ten million cars a year. That car is actually kinda snazzy, it reminds me of a mashup of a BMW (the grille) and Beetle (the body).

Jap Cars Shown
These first products of Japan’s postwar Automobile industry, recently displayed in Tokyo, don’t mean that Nippon’s citizens will abandon their walking habits. The entire output of the Toyota Motor Co., at Nagoya, is only some 30 cars and 200 trucks a month. These will be sold to hospitals, to government agencies, and to business firms. The passenger car, seating four, has a 27-hp., four-cylinder engine, a speed of 54 m.p.h., and will average 40 miles to the gallon. The one-half-ton trucks have the same power plant, but a different gear ratio and will do about 30 miles on a gallon. The cars will sell for 250,000 yen ($5,000), and the trucks for the equivalent of $3,200.

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Collapsible Umbrella Fits in Bag (Jul, 1932)

Collapsible Umbrella Fits in Bag

HERE is the um-brella that shoppers and travelers everywhere have been looking for. It can be folded up and packed neatly in a bag or grip when traveling, or tucked away into the shopping bag when venturing out on days when low hanging clouds forecast a shower.

The collapsible umbrella is being made in sizes for both men and women and can be obtained in a variety of colors —a feature that will appeal to the women.
Photo on the right shows small size of umbrella when folded up.

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Insane Patients Helped by Electric Shock Treatment (Nov, 1940)

Insane Patients Helped by Electric Shock Treatment

Fighting insanity with electric shock is the most dramatic recent advance in the field of medicine. At the New York State Psychiatric Institute, in. New York City, seemingly hopeless cases of the most common forms of insanity, schizophrenia and dementia praecox, have been shocked back to apparent mental health by the new treatment. Electrodes, at the ends of a caliperlike instrument, are placed just in front of the ears on the patient’s head. From seventy to 100 volts of current pass through his brain. The result is a violent convulsion resembling an epileptic seizure.

In some cases, a single electric shock achieves what seems to be a medical miracle, restoring the patient to sanity. Previously, insulin, snake venom, and metrazol, have been used to produce shock. The electric treatment is painless, leaves no after effects, and costs less than shock-producing drugs.

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Three-Hole Paper Punch Debut (Apr, 1940)

Three-Hole Paper Punch
Three correctly spaced holes can be cut at the same time in paper used for loose-leaf folders or notebooks, by means of a compact hand punch now available. Used as shown below, the punch fits easily into a briefcase or desk drawer.

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Dvorak’s One-Handed Keyboard (Mar, 1946)

SCIENTIFIC ONE-HAND TYPING

Simplified Keyboard Research Aids Handicapped Veterans

By RICHARD B. LEWIS
Lt. Comdr., USNR

PEOPLE who have lost the use of one hand can now learn to type with satisfactory speed and efficiency. For this they are indebted initially to Col. Robert S. Allen, prewar columnist-partner of Drew Pearson, who determined not to let the loss of an arm in battle stop him from resuming his career as a newspaperman. But the man to whom they owe the most is Commander August Dvorak, USNR.

Discouraged by his failure to master the standard typewriter with one hand, Colonel Allen turned to Commander Dvorak for help. In 10 years of exhaustive research in typing for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dvorak, then a professor at the University of Washington, and his associates had developed a simplified keyboard for two hands. Tests proved that normal typists could relearn to type on the simplified keyboard in 83 hours—and double speed records they had made on standard typewriters. Commander Dvorak believed a special keyboard might make similar gains possible for one-handed typists.

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Early Metal Detector (Oct, 1934)

New Device Locates Buried Metal
REQUIRING no technical knowledge to operate, a new detection instrument is said to be unusually efficient in locating buried metal or virgin ore. Electrical impulses, sent through a hoop-like coil, set up disturbances on a recording meter, indicating metal’s presence.

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Early Pay Per View TV (Oct, 1947)

It’s comforting to know that the media industry’s fascination with screwing their customers by telling them how they can use their own TVs is nothing new.

Pay-as-You-Look Television
“Phone vision,” developed by Zenith Radio Corporation, offers paying television audiences the cream of latest stage plays and movies. A combination home receiver brings in free programs as usual. Special features reach it partly by air, partly by phone line. Blurred when viewed alone (above, right), the radio image becomes clearer (left) with key frequencies received by phone. “Admission charges” go on phone bill.

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