In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.
A radio in a top hat.
If this were 1922 you'd be going gaga over the latest wearable technology. Our friends at Gizmodo bring us images
of a then-recent innovation... a radio small enough to fit in a large hat, with headphones that are designed to be worn with that hat. Imagine what a thrill it was, presuming that this rig didn't put off a lot of heat. Most likely it was what was referred to as a "crystal radio," meaning that it was powered by nothing more than the radio waves themselves and not terribly capable of producing loud sounds at all. That would have been a bit of a disadvantage in a noisy urban environment, but then again twenty pounds of batteries and a shelf full of vacuum tubes in your hat would have been no fun either.
Still, this seems to be one of the first examples of portable electronics technology, coming as it does about thirty years before the in-car record player (I am not making this up.
) It's also a not-so-subtle reminder that it won't be long before people are laughing at us for our so-called miniature equipment.