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This Was “The Phone of Tomorrow” in 1956… and They Got Almost Everything Right!

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not too often that old technology predictions come true… I mean, I still haven’t seen an amphibious battleship… but an article from the September 1956 issue of Modern Mechanix got just about everything right when they talked about “Your Telephone of Tomorrow”. The opening line: “Future may bring push-button dialing, videophones, direct calls anywhere on earth and pocket-sized sets.” Hey, that sounds a lot like my latest smart phone. It took almost 5 decades to make the article’s predictions come true, but hey, they even predicted that right! [Read more…]

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Way Tubular 80s Mobile Phone Commercial… Psych!

Saturday 10.06.2012 , Posted by

As crowds of people rush to get the new iPhone 5, we thought it would be fun to remind you just how far cell phone technology has come. In this hilarious Radio Shack commercial from 1989, you can see that mobile phones weren’t always so sleek. Watch as these hip people from the 80s lug their lunch box sized receivers to the office, the beach, Cub Scouts camping trips, and even out on a boat. [Read more…]

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100 Years Graphed: Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

The last 112 years have been an avalanche of new discoveries, new advances in our understanding of how the world works and how to harness the energies around us to useful means. How far have we advanced? At the dawn of the 20th century less than 10% of households owned a stove, had access to a telephone or even electricity… and the automobile that dominates society today? It was hardly on the charts. [Read more…]

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MegaPhone: Make Art With Your Voice

Saturday 11.06.2010 , Posted by

Megaphone creates interactive displays for public places, letting passersby call in with their cell phones and, in real time, control what happens on the screen. It’s an engaging and unique way to interact with a customer.

Below is a demo showing a display created for Sprint. Using just their voice, the callers create live modern art.

This interface, designed for a Palm Centro launch party, interfaces with up to 10 players using the number keys to control objects on a screen while they compete in real time.

Source: Megaphone.com
Written by Benjamin Starr & Paul Caridad

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