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  • An I-Pod....in 1988???!!

    I'm sure I've got the year right and I did not imagine this but Philip Schofield demonstrated what appeared to be an I-Pod on Saturday Superstore around 1988. At the time I thought it had to be a wind-up as he was holding this tiny device (the size of an I-POd) and explaining that it could hold hundreds of songs. He then pushed a button on it and we could here a track by Jason Donovon...."Too Many Broken Hearts"..I think it was. I just thought yeah....they're playing a copy of the vinyl 7-inch single in the background and what he's demonstrating is beyond the realms of physics! Anybody else remember watching this with similar disdain??

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    Unlikely, that early

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    • #3
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      I dont think Pip Scholfield was on sat superstore? maybe wrong but it was mike reids era, pip was more going live with sarah greene?

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      • #4
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        Yup,it was Mike Read on Superstore.


        tulip

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          I remember some pre-Ipod mp3 players around 2000, which could store 300 CD's worth of music & where the size of a portable CD player, but cost 300.
          The Trickster On The Roof

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            Speaking of the original posting , i do remember an april fool played on one of these programmes where we were told whatever song they requested would instantly be played by this device...

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              Wow, the memories! This one has really stuck in my head for over twenty years. I was in secondary school when this was on, possibly in my first year there, so I'd estimate the date to be 1986. The really interesting thing was they gave away the device in a competition. I spent a week in Central Library researching the question, which was: "what does gal-key-day mean?" with no idea of spelling I never figured it out, and having just googled it, I'm no clearer now.

              We really need a 'Tomorrow's world' prog on TV to predict the future. There's a few good websites but as a teacher I see a real lack in imagination in today's children. I ask pupils to design a 'next gen' console every year and the ones from fifteen years ago were great- two cd decks, one for the game, the other for your own music, the ability to play your friends when they aren't at your house, a controller like a tv remote so there are no wires- but nowadays it's just 'ps4, does the same as the ps3 but better graphics'.
              I collect game prices for retro consoles from eBay

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                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kane_Kramer

                This must be it! Prototypes available in October 1986, three and a half minutes capacity- which I am certain was exactly what they said on the prog- whoever won this is sitting on a very valuable item!
                I collect game prices for retro consoles from eBay

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                  Wow! Great find!

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                    This is amazing Scotchmist. It would of been great to see the programe (now on reflection) as hindsight is a very powerful thing I think. Thank-you for the information about it, what an amazing idea/innovation etc for the era! A brilliant prospect/thought etc indeed

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Retrogames View Post
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kane_Kramer

                      This must be it! Prototypes available in October 1986, three and a half minutes capacity- which I am certain was exactly what they said on the prog- whoever won this is sitting on a very valuable item!
                      how mad is that!

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                      • #12
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                        Came across this on a forum a while ago:

                        ‘Steve Jobs never invented the Ipod - this chap did:
                        Quote:
                        http://www.kanekramer.com/default.htm
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                        Kane Kramer is a serial inventor. His inventions include the technology behind the MP3 player and Monicall. He was the first to conceive the idea of downloading music, data and video down telephone lines in 1979 when he was 23 and patented it with James Campbell who was 21. Together they went on to pioneer digital recording and built the world’s first solid state digital recorder/players.


                        Apple didn’t invent the first digital music player:
                        Quote:
                        The SaeHan Information Systems MPMan, which debuted in Asia in March 1998, was the first mass-produced portable solid state digital audio player.
                        The South Korean device was first imported for sale in North America by Michael Robertson’s Z Company[1] in mid-1998. Around the same time, Eiger Labs, Inc. imported and rebranded the player in two models, the Eiger MPMan F10, and Eiger MPMan F20.
                        The Eiger MPMan F10 was a very basic unit and wasn’t user expandable, though owners could upgrade the memory from 32MB to 64MB by sending the player back to Eiger Labs with a check for $69 + $7.95 shipping. Measuring at 91 mm tall by 70 mm wide by 16.5 mm thick and weighing a little over 2 oz, it was very compact.
                        The Eiger MPMan F20 was a similar model that used 3.3v SmartMedia cards for expansion, and ran on a single AA battery, instead of rechargeable NiMH batteries.


                        The Iphone wasn’t invented by Apple neither. Been around in the 1990s.

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                        The first smartphone was the IBM Simon; it was designed in 1992 and shown as a concept product that year at COMDEX, the computer industry trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was released to the public in 1993 and sold by BellSouth. Besides being a mobile phone, it also contained a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail client, the ability to send and receive faxes, and games. It had no physical buttons, instead customers used a touchscreen to select telephone numbers with a finger or create facsimiles and memos with an optional stylus. Text was entered with a unique on-screen “predictive” keyboard. By today’s standards, the Simon would be a fairly low-end product, lacking a camera and the ability to download third-party applications. However, its feature set at the time was highly advanced.
                        The Nokia Communicator line was the first of Nokia’s smartphones starting with the Nokia 9000, released in 1996. This distinctive palmtop computer style smartphone was the result of a collaborative effort of an early successful and costly personal digital assistant (PDA) by Hewlett-Packard combined with Nokia’s bestselling phone around that time, and early prototype models had the two devices fixed via a hinge. The communicators are characterized by clamshell design, with a feature phone display, keyboard and user interface on top of the phone, and a physical QWERTY keyboard, high-resolution display of at least 640x200 pixels and PDA user interface under the door. The software was based on the GEOS V3.0 operating system, featuring email communication and text-based web browsing. In 1998, it was followed by Nokia 9110, and in 2000 by Nokia 9110i, with improved web browsing capability. In 1997 the term ‘smartphone’ was used for the first time when Ericsson unveiled the concept phone GS88, the first device labelled as ‘smartphone’.


                        Jobs and Apple didn’t invent the PC mouse:

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                        The trackball was invented by Tom Cranston, Fred Longstaff and Kenyon Taylor working on the Royal Canadian Navy’s DATAR project in 1952. It used a standard Canadian five-pin bowling ball. It was not patented, as it was a secret military project. Independently, Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute invented the first mouse prototype in 1963, with the assistance of his colleague Bill English. They christened the device the mouse as early models had a cord attached to the rear part of the device looking like a tail and generally resembling the common mouse. Engelbart never received any royalties for it, as his patent ran out before it became widely used in personal computers. The invention of the mouse was just a small part of Engelbart’s much larger project, aimed at augmenting human intellect.


                        Apple and Jobs didn’t invent touch screen technology used by smartphones and Ipads:

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                        The first touch screen was a capacitive touch screen developed by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, UK. The inventor briefly described his work in a short article published in 1965 and then more fully - along with photographs and diagrams - in an article published in 1967.

                        So he wasn’t that much of a 'visionary' after all.

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                          Jobs "vision" was his ability to market this stuff.

                          He never invented anything, even the first Apple was coded & built by Wozniac

                          I love Apple stuff, but they are masters of bullshine

                          One minute they tell you a particular item does not need a certain function that everyone else's device has, then they add it later as a "new" feature

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                          • #14
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                            Did anyone really think that Apple was the first to bring out any of those devices?

                            although once I had a girlfriend ask me if the playstation 2 was the first console ever made...
                            I collect game prices for retro consoles from eBay

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                              Re: An I-Pod....in 1988???!!

                              Originally posted by Retrogames View Post
                              Did anyone really think that Apple was the first to bring out any of those devices?

                              although once I had a girlfriend ask me if the playstation 2 was the first console ever made...
                              Younger people, seduced by the Apple hype, yes.

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