Phone Aids Free Hands (Jan, 1948)

Wow, that is one big ass speakerphone.

Phone Aids Free Hands

The busy executive can now carry on conversations over the telephone without even lifting a finger to hold it. With the Jordaphone (PSM, Oct. ’45, p. 96), a wartime development of the Jordanoff Corp., he need only transfer the phone from its regular cradle to the special one in the top of the instrument. Here the incoming voice is picked up directly from the phone’s earpiece and amplified through a loudspeaker, eliminating actual wire connections. An ordinary microphone, placed anywhere in the room, transmits the outgoing voice to the mouthpiece.

In addition to freeing the user’s hands, the device permits group conferences by telephone without individual sets (at right, above). An automatic volume control tunes down voices near the microphone and amplifies those at a distance. The 30-inch-high, foot-square console (at left) plugs
into any 110-volt outlet.

5 comments
  1. MAKE: Blog says: November 4, 200612:38 am

    First speaker phone……

    Now *this* is a speaker phone, conference calling with a rotary dialer, awesome… Popular Science 1948 – “The busy executive can now carry on conversations over the telephone without even lifting a finger to hold it. With the Jordaphone……

  2. » First speaker phone…? says: November 6, 20062:34 pm

    [...] In addition to freeing the user’s hands, the device permits group conferences by telephone without individual sets (at right, above). An automatic volume control tunes down voices near the microphone and amplifies those at a distance. The 30-inch-high, foot-square console (at left) plugs into any 110-volt outlet.” – Link. [...]

  3. Peter Athanassov says: April 18, 20086:39 pm

    I am a nephew of Assen Jordanoff and I could add something. The Jordaphone was much ahead of his time. It was created about 60 years ago in 1948, before today’s answering machines and conference calls became every days life. However, there is an aftermath that is reaching to our days. Assen or Jerry, as he was known, started a litigation contesting the monopoly of AT&T or MaBell, as was used. He was stipulating that the rights of MaBell stop at their telephones. The devices beyond that line were illegally rejected by MaBell and there was no evidence that they affect in any way the interests of the telephone company. MaBell never offered anything similar to Jordaphone. However, the law courts and FCC with the Jordaphone docket sustained the Jordaphone. As Bill von Alven from FCC told me personally that this open a big hole in the wall of AT&T and made possible the issue of FCC part 68. That was the end of AT&T monopoly. He said that, if it was not for the Jodaphone, probably the present internet giants like Cisco and many others companies were not going to exist at this time. So the fortune of Assen Jordanoff spent for litigation against MaBell shortened the path for the present research and developments in electronics and communications.

    Another achievement of Assen Jordanoff was his success as aviation constructor and writer. He took part in the development of some crucial aiplanes like DC-3. However, his unique books on aviation, helped very much to fill the need for flying personnel for the huge fleet of the Allied Air Force. Some estimated that he shortened the war with 6 months by delivering the human knowledge to operate the thousand of airplanes delivered by the industrial plants.

    Another neglected link with our time is his introduction of the emergency air-bags that are now in every car.

    More biographical info could be found at pantonov.com.

    Peter Athanassov
    [email protected]

  4. Peter Athanassov says: April 18, 20086:54 pm

    I am a nephew of Assen Jordanoff and I could add something. The Jordaphone was much ahead of his time. It was created about 60 years ago in 1948, before today’s answering machines and conference calls became every days life. However, there is an aftermath that is reaching to our days. Assen or Jerry, as he was known, started a litigation contesting the monopoly of AT&T or MaBell as was used. He was stipulating that the rights of MaBell stop at their telephones. The devices beyond that line were illegally rejected by MaBell and there was no evidence that they affect in any way the interests of the telephone company. MaBell never offered anything similar to Jordaphone. However, the law courts and FCC with the Jordaphone docket sustained the Jordaphone. As Bill von Alven from FCC told me personally that this open a big hole in the wall of AT&T and made possible the issue of FCC part 68. He said that, if it was not for the Jodaphone, probably the present internet giants like Cisco and many others companies were not going to exist at this time. So the fortune of Assen Jordanoff spent for litigation against MaBell shortened the path for the present research and developments.

    Another achievement of Assen Jordanoff was his success as aviation constructor and writer. He took part in the development of some crucial aiplanes like DC-3. However, his unique books on aviation, helped very much to fill the need for flying personnel for the huge fleet of the Allied Air Force. Some estimated that he shortened the war with 6 months.

  5. Games says: November 13, 20089:26 am

    Games…

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