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Builds Remote Control Lawn Mower Device (Oct, 1938)

You can now buy remote controlled lawnmowers online.

Builds Remote Control Lawn Mower Device

Attaching two electric – motors, an old paint can, a wooden mixing bowl from a kitchen, sundry gears, wires and drive belts to a regulation lawn mower, Alvin Lodge, an unemployed mechanical engineer of Millersville, Pa., constructed a device that enables him to mow his lawn by remote control. As rigged up for its trial run, the mower successfully operated along a cable guide for a distance of 100 feet from the stationary control box shown being manipulated by the inventor.

Flying Bombs Being Perfected to Deal Death in Next War (Oct, 1931)

Flying Bombs Being Perfected to Deal Death in Next War

THE advantages to be obtained from flying bombs are self-evident and the various nations of the world have been trying to develop these mechanically controlled, death dealing planes for the past many years. Every so often an article appears in a newspaper which indicates that France, England, Italy, or some other country has perfected an airplane which takes off, flies through the air for an appreciable time and lands without human hands touching either the airplane or engine controls.



They fly babes with beeper boxes They’re not really armchair pilots, because they never fly from armchairs; they’re more likely to be in jeeps, or in “mother” planes. But the name does fit after a fashion, for these boys are nowhere near the planes they are flying. They are the Army Air Forces’ radio pilots. Wiggling levers on little five-pound boxes, they control huge four-motored giants that may be 50 miles away behind a cloudbank.



In the future, monster implements of war may be controlled from a distance by the mere turning of a radio dial. A Japanese army officer, Major Nagayama, has invented a means of directing by radio the movements of a tank able to travel at a speed of five miles an hour.

Already wireless control of airplanes has been successfully attempted in England, according to reports. A master radio set took the place of the pilot, acting through tiny compressed air motors which worked the plane’s controls.

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.