By Ed Sobey
Illustrating how a fireplace alarm detects smoke and what the plasma” is in a plasma reveal tv, this attention-grabbing guide explains how daily family units functionality and function. greater than one hundred eighty varied family applied sciences are lined, together with contraptions special to condo constructions and houseboats. units are grouped in accordance with their "habitats"the lounge, relatives 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 valuable sidebars describing comparable technical matters, reminiscent of why an inexpensive dimmer change can intervene with radio reception, this guide for curious readers offers conscientiously exact descriptions and the background at the back of some of the older family applied sciences like toasters and taps to more recent applied sciences like movement detectors, TiVo, and satellite tv for pc radio.
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To keep people who haven’t paid subscriptions from using the service, each radio receiver has its own serial number. When turned on, it broadcasts this number and receives back from the satellite a code that allows it to receive the radio signals. U N I Q U E C H A R AC TE R I S T I C S Look for the distinctive shark fin antenna on the back of the roof of cars. In homes, look for a unit larger than a cell phone that is connected to speakers. 46 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 Internet Radio Tuner B E H AV I O R Allows listeners to tune in radio stations from anywhere in the world, as long as they are broadcasting on the Web.
In homes, look for a unit larger than a cell phone that is connected to speakers. 46 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 Internet Radio Tuner B E H AV I O R Allows listeners to tune in radio stations from anywhere in the world, as long as they are broadcasting on the Web. H A B I TAT Found in the living rooms and offices of Web-centric listeners. H O W I T WO R K S Radio stations can broadcast on the Web by converting the audio sounds into digital format and sending them to a server that makes them available to the Web.
H A B I TAT Lives in the hall closet or utility room and sees the light of day typically only after a small accident has occurred and cookie crumbs or dust bunnies need to be corralled. H O W I T WO R K S Imagine an appliance that doesn’t require electricity! You supply the power to make the carpet sweeper work. As you push the sweeper back and forth across the carpet, the wheels turn drive belts that rotate brushes. The brushes push dirt into the holding box that needs emptying periodically. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS Often called a Bissell regardless of their brand, these were invented in the early 19th century.
A Field Guide to Household Technology by Ed Sobey