What’s New IN ELECTRONICS (Feb, 1980)
What’s New IN ELECTRONICS
CB in the dark
CB can be a lifesaver—but it can also endanger your life if you’re fumbling with controls in the dark while driving. This GE Night Bright rig, however, is designed to be seen—the entire front panel lights up for a quick pick at dials when needed. It’s $149.95.
Plug in the Pittway First Alert master alarm box and you’ve guarded yourself against burglary, fire, gas, and personal emergencies. Wireless detectors throughout the house transmit signals to the box, which sounds an alert and displays the type of danger. It’s $159.95.
The new Magnavox 8244 gives you features you’d expect to see only on much more expensive home color-video cameras: powered 5X zoom lens, automatic iris control, through-the-lens viewing, color-balance control, and 270 lines of resolution. Price: $975.
Electronic note pad
How do you make sure that you’ll remember something for a whole year? Don’t tell it to an elephant—program it into this pocket-sized Sharp appointment calculator. It’s easy to carry, and with 37 memories it can save words, numbers, and symbols. Price $99.95.
You put the record on the platter—but that’s all. The Optonica RP-7705 automatic direct-drive turntable seeks up to nine cuts you’d like played, and places the stylus in the correct groove. All you do is listen. Specs: 0.03 percent WRMS and -70-dB rumble. It’s $400.
Pull the walkie-talkie-like handset from its recharger/base and you’re never out of touch—it’s a telephone, complete with pushbutton dialing, electronic “ringing,” and auto re-dial of busy numbers.
It works up to 300 feet from base. The Radio Shack unit costs $219.95.