What’s New IN ELECTRONICS (Mar, 1980)
What’s New IN ELECTRONICS
BY WILLIAM J. HAWKINS
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.
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.
A light touch
A record is never perfectly flat or round. So, to track it properly, you need the lightest mass possible—this Onkyo CP-1030F does it by using a straight-line carbon-fiber tone arm that accepts high-compliance cartridges. Result: Even warped records can be played. Price: $315.
Heath doesn’t combine a 24-line-by-80-character “smart” terminal with a 514-inch disk, Z-80 microprocessor, and 16K or memory to come up with this all-in-one desktop computer—you do. It’s a kit for $1595 (or $2295 fully assembled) from Heath Co., Benton Harbor, Mich. 49022.
Got lots to say? The XLP4 cassette tape recorder is the only one that can record up to 24 hours of voice on one C-180 cassette. It runs at V4 the normal speed and uses four tracks to do it. Made by Norwood (3828 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah 84115), it’s $129.95.
Aim it at any surface, pull the trigger, and the digital display on this noncontact thermometer shows the temperature. It works from several hundred feet away and measures from -20 degrees F to 2000 degrees F. Raynger II is made by Raytek, 325 E. Middlefield Rd., Mountain View, Calif. 94043. $1595.
Two new portable radios from Toshiba are totally digital: AM model at left ($60) holds six preset stations in its memory; LED’s show frequency. AM/FM clock radio at right ($160) uses an LCD display to show frequency, time, and alarm time. A buzzer wakes you; six memories hold your station.