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Hand-held Microwriter (Feb, 1980)

“An electronic substitute for the fountain pen” is not exactly how I’d pitch a new invention in 1980. The replacement for the fountain pen was the ball point. On the other hand, if any investors are interested in my new digital replacement for the 8-Track cassette, you know where to find me.

Hand-held Microwriter

If you can’t type, yet want to write perfect letters or memos without the help of a secretary, Microwriter could be the answer. It resembles a large pocket calculator, but has only five main keys, which fit the relaxed finger positions of your right hand. Individual alphabet letters are formed by an easily learned finger code, in which one or more keys are pressed for each character.

Electronically New… (Jul, 1962)

Electronically New…

PORTABLE CLOCK RADIO also serves as alarm. Button under thumb causes light (arrow) to illuminate clock or radio dial. Earphone jack provides quiet listening. Six-transistor circuit has push-pull output. Comes in tan or blue case. Toshiba Model 6TC-485. Clock radio is priced at $59.95 from Transistor World Corporation, 52 Broadway, New York City 4, N.Y.

What’s New IN ELECTRONICS (Mar, 1980)



Coded alarm

Walk within 50 feet of Radio Shack’s RF intrusion-alarm system and you’d better know the four-digit code to silence it. Not even a power failure will stop it from standing sentry in your home—it has a built-in battery backup. The Safehouse Alarm is $179.95.

Mobile computer

Route Commander is a totally portable computer system designed for on-the-road sales and delivery persons. It balances the books and keeps track of inventory, tolls, and parking; comes with keyboard, display, and printer. Norand, 550 Second St. S.E., Cedar Rapids, la. 52401.

What’s New IN ELECTRONICS (Nov, 1979)

UPDATE: Originally this post had the wrong text associated with it.


Digital voice
When this phone-answering machine talks to you, the voice you hear—up to 24 seconds of it—has been stored in a digital memory, not on a prerecorded tape. The technique makes the unit simpler, more compact. Maker: DFG, 3550 Marburg, Frauenbergstr. 35, Germany.

WHAT’S NEW (Feb, 1970)



Available in black, white, and psychedelic swirls to accommodate every taste, the Call Girl shown here is a working phone marketed by Classics Inc., 241 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wis. 53202. Fits over your home phone. Black or white models are $40, psychedelic $50. Should be a big hit with the Missus.


A new, collapsible motorcycle has been developed by the Honda company. When the pieces are put together, it is an all-purpose lightweight bike. When you’re ready to go home, the “Dax 70” can be taken apart and carried in your car trunk- VOLKSWAGEN’S MEDI-CAR PLAN.

Seconds Split a Million Ways (Apr, 1948)

Seconds Split a Million Ways

Measuring the split flashes of time that are microseconds makes possible many modern miracles of science.

By Carl Dreher

IT TOOK you about one second, or 1,000,-000 microseconds, to read the title of this article. On that basis one microsecond may seem short enough to satisfy everyone, but to the modern electronics engineer it is a fairly long time. Describing a new electronic gadget, its inventor informs us that each dial division corresponds to 0.0132 microseconds; in other words, he is measuring down to a ten-thousandth of a millionth of a second.

That’s slicing it rather fine, but if it is worth a few dollars to you, you can buy a pulse generator that will deliver bursts of power adjustable down to 0.1 microsecond. You can order it from an advertisement-nothing special about it—plug it into a wall socket like an electric iron, and you’re a member of the microsecond-splitting fraternity yourself. It’s economical to operate, too—consumes only 40 watts.

The Army’s Electronic Magic Shop (Apr, 1960)

The Army’s Electronic Magic Shop

By Thomas E. Stimson, Jr.

TWENTY MILES from Tombstone, Ariz., at an old cavalry post named Fort Huachuca, the United States Army is testing the electronic weapons it will use in the future.

Eighty years ago the troopers at the fort flashed news of Apache raids by heliograph; today the technicians at the huge 160-square-mile Electronic Proving Ground are using single sideband circuits, infrared and even radio reflections from the ionized trails of meteors for communication between units or around the world.

The remote location in southern Arizona was chosen partly for secrecy, partly because the region is one of the best “electronic vacuums” that the Army could find. There are no powerful commercial transmitters in the surrounding desert, no big TV stations that might interfere with the accuracy of the tests.

What’s New IN ELECTRONICS (Jun, 1979)



Hook Intellivision to your color TV and its preprogrammed software lets you do everything from play games to learn a language. It has 60-by-92-line graphics in 16 colors. With keyboard, it’s $499. Maker: Mattel Electronics, 5150 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne, Calif. 90250.

The everything set
It’s a carry-along entertainment and information center—AM, FM, CB, public service, aircraft, and weather bands, three-inch TV, cassette tape—along with a built-in mike and sleep switch. Six D cells power it. It’s $249.95, from Sampo, 1050 Arthur Ave., Elk Grove Village, III. 60007.

Wireless Wiring for Radios (Oct, 1947)

Printed circuit boards are one of those things we’re so used to the you never really think about how people made electronics before them.

Wireless Wiring for Radios
THAT repairman’s headache, the jumble of wires on the bottom of a radio, may join crystal sets in the museum. Two new processes mass-produce neat circuits, easy to check for trouble. They promise to do for average radios what printed circuits (PSM May ’46, p. 131) are doing for miniatures.

In a system invented by A. M. Hathaway and developed by Spraywire Labs, of Minneapolis, a plastic panel is covered by a Scotch-tape stencil of the circuit. Through this, grooves are sandblasted, then spray-gunned full of atomized metal. Two guns can spray more than 1,000 units an hour.

Even Necktie Designers Can Use Electrons (Dec, 1947)

Even Necktie Designers Can Use Electrons

FABRIC designers in search of inspiration may well turn to a television receiver, General Electric engineers suggest.

When they test cathode-ray tubes for modern sets by applying varying voltages, the engineers have found that the flying electron beam often sketches traceries of striking beauty upon the luminescent viewing screen. Ranging from random squig-gles to intricate geometrical lacework, the designs offer fascinating possibilities for dresses, scarves, ties and draperies.