Magazine article ASEE Prism

iGrandparents?

Magazine article ASEE Prism

iGrandparents?

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YES, Sony's Walkman and Apple's IPod were revolutionary devices. But when it comes to personal mobile entertainment, they were already, ahem, old hat. Beating them to the punch: the Zenith Radio Hat, which debuted in 1952. The British product consisted of a bowler fitted with earphones so wearers could listen to the radio while on the move. The Radio Hat is one of several lost or long-forgotten communication and entertainment technologies unearthed by interactive media design students at Scotland's University of Dundee. The devices are showcased online at the Museum of Lost Interactions (Web site: http://www.idl. dundee.ac.uk/moli/mdex.php). Student Shaun McWhinnie calls them "amazing artifacts" that provide "thought-provoking reflections on the ubiquitous technologies of our present society and show how such devices would have looked in the pre-digital world. …

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