Cassette tape navigation system from 1971
“To calculate [distance to turn], the electronics box is connected to the car’s odometer via what looks to be a physical/mechanical cable connection that drives a gear-based mechanism inside the box, which allows the number of miles to be tabulated, and, when the number of miles equals the value provided by the tone duration, the next instruction is played.”
That is absolutely amazing! As a kid I watched Tomorrows World with awe (apart from the health bits which I found terrifying).
@nigeldgreen Come to think of it, I haven’t seen anything on TV quite like it in a long time. When I was a kid, I remember watching it as Towards 2000 and Beyond 2000. I guess today, it would be a series of individual YouTube channels
Ironically, the show ended around the same time as the birth of YouTube
I guess The Gadget Show was close (in spirit), but the focus was much more on consumer products and already-at-market tech. Interesting observation on timings as I reckon YouTube would have been a real future-shock to me when I was watching TW in the 70s.
@cypnk (googles) and the Bond Film 'Diamonds are Forever' in the same year had satelites controlled by Casettes :-)
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