[Table of Contents]People old and young enjoy waxing
nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October
1954 through April 1985. As time permits, I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights (if any) are hereby
Here are a few tech headlines from the 1957 Popular Electronics. Sky-High Radar
Sikorsky is a new high-powered airborne search radar. The electronic Trial & Error Machine
has some properties that would make it the perfect - it "differentiates between right and
wrong decisions and profits from its own mistakes." Lab Aloft Chases Cosmic Rays
a KC-97 UASF tanker for researching those mysterious and ubiquituous high energy entities.
This Brain That Squirts
reports on Bendix's prototype carburetor that uses an
electronically controlled "electrojector" to inject fuel directly into the cylinder.
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sailor in the "crow's nest" atop the tall forward mast was once the Navy's method for seeing ahead.
Later, the rotating search radar helped to keep a lookout in night and fog. Now Sikorsky's
new radar helicopter, shown at left, hovers as a high vanguard above the fleet, expanding the
early-warning range. The bulging radome in the nose houses the antenna for high-powered radar,
capable of spotting planes at double the usual distance.
new electronic brain, called "Automex," which differentiates between right and wrong decisions
and profits from its own mistakes, is operated by Dr. R. Hooke of Westinghouse. In the photo at
right, the machine is solving the problem of a man trying to climb a mountain in total darkness
and reach the top with the fewest steps, knowing only whether he has moved up or down. This logic
solves many different problems.
This "Brain" Squirts
goodbye to carburetor trouble. In fact, say goodbye to the whole carburetor - which may soon be
replaced by Bendix' new "Electrojector" fuel injection system. The engine displayed at left is
fed by the little electronic "brain box" in front, which senses operating conditions and adjusts
fuel spray accordingly. Humidity, temperature, and richness of fuel mixture are all taken into
account for best engine performance.
Lab Aloft Chases Cosmic Rays
the globe-girdling KC-97 shown here looks like just another big Air Force tanker. Yet it houses
a unique flying lab now being taken on a 90,000-mile research mission to chart the incidence of
cosmic rays around the world. Detectable only at great height, these rays affect the outer magnetic
field of our planet. Whether they influence radio reception is not known.