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The First Television Remote Control

Hits: 3110 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: Technology | Added by: Jake_Justus
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MrAtari
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1447 Posts
Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:22:28 AM
I had a wireless remote that worked with a tiny speaker that made very high pitched noises. The TV was equipped with a microphone as a receiver. It was a Philips K9 chassis model in the early eighties (it was second hand).

I discovered that when I clapped my hands, the TV changed channels, and when I rattled my keys the volume went up...

Vimto
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2682 Posts
Friday, January 17, 2014 5:06:50 AM
For some reason I'm reminded of the remote control war with the neighbours in Poltergeist.

razbitom
Male, 40-49, Australia
 845 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:49:09 PM
first WIRELESS remote control - before that remotes were tethered to the tv.

Rick_S
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 3204 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:41:49 PM
Imagine if someone who was awed by this TV were to suddenly find themselves in a typical Walmart electronics department today?

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:39:08 PM

If we're going down memory lane here's two words for you....

Sylvania Bluedot.

jinxiejae
Female, 30-39, Western US
 2771 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:28:21 PM
back when it was called a clicker

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5616 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:38:24 AM

Can't believe I found this. This is the remote I described below.


SavageChef
Female, 50-59, Western US
 2387 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:16:59 AM
Couldn't they have gotten a narrator with a better voice than that Cagney clone?

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26650 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:11:14 AM
Hours of pure pleasure!

I had a big TV with a "Space Commander ' remote control:



Not electronic! Worked with ultrasonic frequency

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:22:38 AM

My parents always had remotes. They hollered at one of the kids to get up and change the channel or volume for them.

Garage door opener worked the same way. As did the automatic dishwasher.

SPERMBUBBLE
Male, 18-29, Europe
 124 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:21:56 AM
Well thats not gonna get lost down the back of the sofa.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:21:00 AM

I want a tv that shows everything in Dead Color.

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5616 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:18:14 AM

I can't imagine a remote more primitive than the first one my family had. It was a big hunk of clay-colored plastic with two black bars sticking out of it. You pressed one for on/off, the other for channels (no volume control). There was a metal grill at one end. Whenever you pressed down on one of the black bars, you would hear a loud puff of air blowing through the grill. It's like the thing was operated by a little bellows. Sorry now that I didn't keep it.

DuckBoy87
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2736 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:02:23 AM
It's witchcraft, I tells ya!

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5616 Posts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:51:12 AM
Link: The First Television Remote Control [Rate Link] - Remotes were a BIG deal in 1961.


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