ROLL this strikingly unusual Swiss-made jeweled-lever wristwatch on any standard scale map and you can measure the distance in miles or kilometers. As you roll the watch along the map's highway, the mileage is recorded and seen through an aperture on the face of the dial. The watch is designed for the world traveler, sportsmen or even for the week-end driver who likes to keep track of the distance he travels. Bauble is scheduled for export to the United States sometime within the next year.
A HEAVY-FISTED ham was Willard Guthoerl—and no one was more aware of it than he. His brutality was spent entirely on his sending key, however; hams from coast to coast and beyond the seas complained of his Morse signals. Instead of trying to improve his fist he built—for seven dollars—an electronic machine that does away with the single sending key.
Tom McCahill, famous Automobile Test Driver says: "Here is real fun ... this car has a fantastic ride" When Tom McCahill test drove the 1960 Vespa "400", he stated that he experienced a thrill unknown in driving for a good many years... that it steered with the alertness of a Grand Prix car.
By Harry Kursh WHAT is a patent? It is a "legal monopoly" authorized by the Constitution and granted to inventors by the U. S. Patent Office. It gives inventors the right to exclude others from making or selling their inventions. How long does a patent last; can it be renewed? A patent is good for 17 years. It can be renewed only by a special Act of Congress but no patent has ever been renewed in modern times. What does it cost to get a patent? You pay the Patent Office $30 when filing your application for a patent and another $30 when and if the patent is granted. An additional $1 is charged for each claim in excess of 20 claims. If you engage a patent attorney, the initial patent search may cost about $25. If your invention is patentable, and the attorney files the necessary papers, takes care of the drawings and follows through on your application until the patent is granted, average legal fees for a relatively uncomplicated patent will total $300-$500.
THE Wright boys would blink in astonishment at some of the weird rigs taking to the air these days. Air-Cars, Sky-Boats, Flying Jeeps, Hovercraft—they're revolutionizing the Age of Flight. Most of these craft are based on two new devices: the ducted fan and the air cushion.
Jap Train Will Do 450 mph (They Say!) PROFESSOR Hisanojo Ozawa of Japan has designed a radically new type of train that he claims will do 450 mph, whizzing by jet propulsion between upper and lower rollers. Recently he tested a model, which did a modest 25 mph but functioned perfectly as a mechanically guided [...]
ORBITING at fixed 22,000-mile altitude, four manned space stations like this one may ultimately link all of the world's major cities with live television and microwave radio communications, according to RCA engineers. DARKNESS is no obstacle with army's new infrared binoculars. They enable men to work, drive oyer roughest terrain in total darkness.
New models, new styles and new engines are featured in this most exciting automotive year! THE wildest alleycat fight since Finnegan needled the beer is about to take place in the American automobile world for 1960. Not since the first post-war models of '46 has the guessing board been so active in "The world's biggest poker game," as Pontiacs Bunkie Knudsen recently described the car industry to me. Naturally, the Big Gamble is centered around the so-called compact cars of the Big Three. Just how big a market this will amount to is what General Motors, Chrysler and Ford would gladly pay several million dollars to know right now. Top brass at GM have told me they figure the market to be between 18-20 per cent of the total new car sales. Some Ford men think it may reach almost 25 per cent. Bill Newberg of Chrysler just says he doesn't know, but adds, "We'll all know a year from now."
VANGUARD 2C is new VTOL (above and at right) with ducted fans in wings, pusher prop in tail. Cruising speed is 165 mph. KAMAN DRONE helicopter carries two torpedoes weighing 1,000 lbs. for 110 miles.
TWO University of Southern California lads named Bob Tierney and Tom Morey started out to create a super surfboard of glass fiber and honeycomb paper—a heavier version of the kind used to make those Christmas bells. The surfboard broke in two, but they still had a lot of the honeycomb to play with. One day a friend took a disc of it, pulled it down over his head. Pouf! An amusing hat.
By James C. G. Conniff RADIOS as small as sugar cubes. Typewriters that print letters as fast as you can dictate them. A memory storage plate smaller and thinner than a postage stamp—a shoe-box full of them will store and produce any one of a million facts in seconds. An automated house with electronic devices that awaken you in the morning, make your bed, prepare your breakfast, clean house and make it burglar-proof while you are out. All of these electronic miracles are in existence. They are products of the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, N. J., and scientists of the Radio Corporation of America are working today to make them available to you tomorrow.