What’s New IN ELECTRONICS (Jun, 1979)
What’s New IN ELECTRONICS
BY WILLIAM J. HAWKINS
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 centerâ€”AM, FM, CB, public service, aircraft, and weather bands, three-inch TV, cassette tapeâ€”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.
Place this transparent screen over a CRT terminal and touchâ€”it will produce an analog voltage that represents the position of your finger. Converted to digital, it eliminates light pens or joy sticks. Price is $1500, from Elo-graphics, 1976 Oak Ridge Tpk., Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37830.
The MD-4 computer mini-disc unit from IMSAI (14860 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, Calif. 94577) uses conventional Mi-cropolis drives, but unconventional 1024-byte-per-sec-tor recording format. Result: an 18-percentâ€”780K bytes-increase in storage capability. It’s $1995 with MDOS and controller.
This 12x9x2-1/22-inch display takes the place of a full-size computer CRT terminal. It displays 12 lines of 40 characters and is touch sensitiveâ€”you give commands by just touching spots on the screen. Price: $3500. General Digital, 700 Burnside Ave., E. Hartford, Conn. 06108.
You push a button hereâ€”a light turns on over there. No wires to run, Sears’ remote control uses house wiring to actuate up to 16 separate appliances. Command console ($40) sends code to remote boxes ($15), into which you plug the appliances to be controlled.
Oops, made a typo? No problem, it’s not on paper yet. Instead, the Olivetti 221 retains the characters you’ve typed in a memory, which you can see and correct on the 15-character display. When you’re finished, the corrected copy is put on paper. Price: