By Ed Sobey
Illustrating how a fireplace alarm detects smoke and what the plasma” is in a plasma display tv, this attention-grabbing guide explains how daily family units functionality and function. greater than a hundred and eighty diverse loved ones applied sciences are lined, together with contraptions distinctive to residence constructions and houseboats. units are grouped based on their "habitats"the front room, relations room, den, bed room, kitchen, toilet, and basementand function a detailed description of what the machine does and the way it really works, in addition to a photo for simple identity. With useful sidebars describing similar technical concerns, reminiscent of why an inexpensive dimmer change can intrude with radio reception, this guide for curious readers offers rigorously certain descriptions and the background in the back of a number of the older family applied sciences like toasters and taps to more moderen applied sciences like movement detectors, TiVo, and satellite tv for pc radio.
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A computer has ROM, read-only memory, built in; in video games the ROM comes in each game CD or cartridge you buy. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS The first commercially successful video arcade game was Pong in 1972. Nolan Bushnell formed Atari and launched the video game era. He also launched the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant chain and at least 20 other companies. 42 A F I E L D G U I D E TO H O U S E H O L D T E C H N O LO G Y Radio B E H AV I O R It sounds great; or at least it can sound great. It brings you the news, weather, sports, and music.
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A Field Guide to Household Technology by Ed Sobey