“Idea” car turns a station wagon into a recreational vehicle Toyota recently unveiled this jazzy-looking station wagon at the New York auto show. The station wagon (bottom photo) opens into a roomy camper (top). Toyota calls this 186-inch-long car the RV-2. It seats four, and stores in any garage. But the clamshell canopy can be [...]
PS brings bubble buildings into the realm of the do-it-yourselfer: Take your choice of kits in three sizesâ€”or start from scratch if you like By A. J. HAND / PS Home Workshop Editor You've read about the new air-supported buildings that can cover hundreds of acres [PS, Mar. "73]. Now take a look at some pneumatics designed with you in mind. They're inexpensive, easy to build, and adaptable to a whole range of uses. The basic single-skin plastic dome, inflated by a small blower, can be used as a studio, greenhouse, pool cover, outdoor rec room, camping or vacation shelter, portable classroom, or storage facility.
This amazing phone system could handle thousands of calls simultaneously, patching yours directly into a phone exchange By JOHN R. FREE The caller pushed the portable phone's off-hook button. For a split second, the telephoneâ€”a new type of computerized, walkie-talkie-size portableâ€”"chatted" inaudibly with a minicomputer in another building. Then I heard a familiar dial tone, and the caller tapped the pushbutton keyboard, placing a call around the world to Australia. Motorola's Communications Division was demonstrating its Dynatac phone system in a New York Hilton penthouse suite. For each call, the portable was tied directly into a telephone exchange several blocks away over an ultra-high-frequency (uhf) radio signal. Dynatac bypasses the mobile-telephone operators required to place calls with conventional mobile and portable phones.