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Versatile vehicle
I believe that is a prototype Humvee. According to the Wikipedia page, one of the competing vehicles was designed by Lamborghini(video). Versatile vehicle High ground clearance mates with a low silhouette in AM General’s new cross-country vehicle. Designed for a U.S. Army competition, the 1-1/4-ton prototype could serve as an anti-tank missile carrier, a fire-control […]
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Now a word from the world's first talking watch!
World's First! You heard it first folks, right from the watch's mouth! A watch that really "tells" you the time to the exact minute — in A.M. or P.M. This new dimension in "telling" time is totally electronic and solid state with no moving parts. The Voice-Master is not a tape player. A human voice is "simulated" using a new technology called "voice synthesis." Three integrated circuits store the voice wavelength code and release it through the mini-speaker whenever the Voice-Master "talks."
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Now, more channels, plummeting prices for new backyard satellite-TV antennas
Better quality, easier-to-use features, and affordable do-it-yourself kits make home Earth stations practical By SUSAN RENNER-SMITH The view from my hotel room was so incongruous that I burst out laughing. A score of gleaming dish antennas squatted in the parking lot below me, facing the southern sky. It looked as if a giant mushroom crop had sprouted in the starlight. Then I saw the glowing TV set near one dish. People crouched around it watching, I knew, a program broadcast by some far-off satellite.
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For the '80's: a decade of wonders in home electronics
Look for 3-D TV, hand-held VCR-cameras, giant-screen TV, and noiseless discs By JOHN FREE Video. That word and its companion hardware dominated three home-electronics shows I attended this year. Exhibits brimmed with new videotape and videodisc machines, computerized TV games, accessories, mammoth earth-station antennas, an umbrella-size direct-broadcast-satellite antenna, and more. Giant-screen TV, the most dramatic video eye-catcher, was everywhere, too, as the leaders in color TV finally entered the field: RCA showed its Hitachi-built front-projection console, and Zenith unveiled its pop-up screen, rear-projection console IPS, Aug.].
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New Personal Computers — now the big guns have arrived
IBM heads the list of new small-computer makers— and that means big changes to come By WILLIAM J. HAWKINS The room was jammed. I was lucky to be up front; before me sat the demonstrator. His hands stretched across the keyboard as characters streamed onto the CRT display. It was a computer, a personal model for use in home or office. But it wasn't just any new small computer—this was an IBM.
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First Commercial Airbag
A combination of air bag and seat belt protects the driver who opts for Mercedes' new safety package. The air bag is the only one offered as a production option by any auto maker. In an impact of over nine mph, a pendulum sensor on the drive-shaft tunnel detects deceleration. A tiny pellet of solid rocket fuel then detonates; as it burns, it produces nitrogen gas that balloons a neoprene bag from the steering wheel. When the driver hits the bag, it deflates slowly. The driver is also restrained by his seat belt.
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The coming record revolution: digital discs
A laser "reads" the compact, no-wear disc to deliver superior hi-fi By LEONARD FELDMAN Tokyo, Japan A Sony technician slipped a small disc into the slot of a player no larger than a portable cassette machine. I noticed the record's shiny surface broke light into rainbow colors. Seconds later I was bathed in rich, wide-ranging stereo music that sounded better than anything I'd ever heard from discs or tapes. Sony Corporation's Dr. Toshi Doi, a leading digital-systems designer, explained that this was a true digital record: Information stored as number codes on its surface was being converted into music. Instead of grooves, this disc had an optical track "read" by a laser beam. I heard absolutely no surface noise or distortion and no pitch fluctuations from the spinning disc. Dynamic range, or the difference between the loudest and softest musical sounds, was awesome.
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Early Laser Pointer
Pointer The Laser Pointer projects a visible bright red spot of light several hundred feet under normal lighting conditions-great for lecturers with slides. The $800 helium-neon laser has an output of 0.5 mW—not enough to harm eyes or body, says RMF Products, Box 413, Batavia, III., 60510.
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Early Article about HDTV
- here come wide-screen crystal-clear pictures New video components speed TV systems that match 35-mm-film fidelity By JOHN FREE Washington, D.C. For several days, groups of government officials, politicians, and journalists crowded into a darkened room at CBS's offices here. We'd come to view a rare, one-time collection of video gear. "What we are going to show you," CBS's Joseph Flaherty, vice-president of engineering development, told my group, "is a combination of high-resolution TV, stereo sound, wide-screen TV, and enhanced-color TV." During the next hour I watched a variety of amazing TV images that had extraordinary clarity—more than five times the detail of television pictures you see on conventional home receivers. The high-resolution pictures, a dazzling match for sharp-focus 35-mm slides, were shown on special "Cinerama-type" direct-view sets and a large-screen projection TV. Other equipment used by CBS, such as microelectronic encoding circuits and a Sony-built digital video recorder, may have a key role—in improved forms—in delivering this new type of TV to you during the 1980's.
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