Twirling a dial helps subway riders find their way, at a self-service information booth just opened in London, England. To inquire how to reach any point in the city, the traveler sets the dial according to a printed list of instructions. The device then informs him of the place’s location, the exact fare required, and the number of the platform from which the appropriate train leaves.

  1. ubidubi says: August 13, 20088:33 am

    imagine! just imagine!

  2. Rick Auricchio says: August 13, 20084:29 pm

    I like the way most machines were referred to as robots.

  3. Torgo says: August 13, 20086:57 pm

    It’s Louise Brooks!

  4. Mike says: August 14, 20086:09 am

    I bet it wasn’t used after the novelty of the thing wore off.

  5. jayessell says: August 16, 200812:04 pm

    How did this work without a CRT and digital electronics?

    Dialing #14 shows the fourteenth card in the display window?
    (Upon which is printed the directions and fare.)

  6. 0 Balance Transfer Cards says: October 31, 20086:58 pm

    A real robot showing the way would be sooo much better!

  7. EASEVEENUBCUB says: December 19, 20089:46 pm

    Site really resource

  8. Toronto says: December 20, 200812:58 am

    Microfilm projection? I think the selection process is multi-stage, where you first walk up to the proper side of the kiosk (there appear to be 6) based on an alphabetic entry (“Royal Zoologican Gardens” might also be entered as “Zoo”) dial in a card, then dial in one or more digits, then look in the window/lens and possibly turn the crank – not sure about that. The loader/unloader would be the tricky part, unless it used just one reel set and had a high speed forward/reverse mode.

    I mean, London’s a lot of data. I can’t see cards doing it, unless the directions are “Go to Paddington Station and ask again.”

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