A Field Guide to Household Technology

A Field Guide to Household Technology

Ed Sobey


Illustrating how a hearth alarm detects smoke and what the “plasma” is in a plasma display tv, this attention-grabbing instruction manual explains how daily loved ones units functionality and function. greater than one hundred eighty diversified loved ones applied sciences are coated, together with instruments certain to condominium constructions and houseboats. units are grouped in accordance with their "habitats"—the front room, relations room, den, bed room, kitchen, toilet, and basement—and function a detailed description of what the machine does and the way it really works, in addition to a photo for simple id. With invaluable sidebars describing similar technical concerns, akin to why an inexpensive dimmer swap can intervene with radio reception, this guide for curious readers presents rigorously distinct descriptions and the historical past at the back of the various 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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