The Most Insane Television Sets in History   Leave a comment


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When televisions were still a luxury, high-tech item, designers wanted to make them look as crazily futuristic and beautiful as possible. Here are some of the most bizarre and breathtaking television sets that ever existed.

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Kuba Komet (1957-1962, Wolfenbuttel, West Germany)

 

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The sailboat-like ultra-heavy (it was 289 lb. or 130 kg) home entertainment system of its time had a 23″ black and white television, eight speakers, a Telefunken phonographs and a multi-band radio receiver. The Komet cost more than a year’s average wage.

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Marconiphone Television 702 with a 12-inch screen from 1937, by the British Marconi

 

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A Baird Lyric with a 12-inch screen, 1946

 

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Tele-Tone TV-209 (1949)

 

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A Teleavia Panoramic III, designed by Philippe Charbonneaux, 1957

 

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The 21-inch Philco Tandem Predicta with a 25 ft. cord between the screen and the cabinet, 1958

 

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Philco Safari, the first transistor portable television, 1959

 

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The 15 pound (6.8 kg) set had a 2 inch display and worked with a 7.5V rechargeable battery.

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Panasonic/National Flying Saucer (but also known as The Eyeball, originally TR-005 Orbitel), produced by Panasonic in the late 1960s and early 1970s

 

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It had a five-inch screen, earphone jack, and could rotate 180 degrees on its chrome tripod.

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The Keracolor Sphere, designed by Arthur Bracegirdle, 1968-1977

 

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This English set, an icon of the Space Age, was really expensive because of its small size. It was available in various colors.

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The JVC Videosphere, introduced in 1970, and produced to the early 1980s

 

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Inspired by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and appeared in the Conquest of The Planet of the Apes (1972) and in The Matrix (1999).

 

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Sinclair Microvision TV (Model MTV-1), 1977

 

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The first ever miniature television with its 2 inch screen wasn’t a real sales success: it was really expensive, priced like the average models.

 

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Seiko T 001 TV Watch, 1982

 

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Casio TV-70, the portable TV from the early 1980s with “Solar Projection System”, 1986

 

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Behind the cool name it was just a mirror that reflects the picture from the LCD screen. The only 13 mm thin TV worked with 3 AAA-size batteries and had a 2-inch black and white screen.

 

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Not exactly sure what the make and name of this wild TV is. Almost looks like a stove is built into it. But what an enjoyable way to cook dinner, watching Spock and Bones McCoy sparring.

 

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Posted August 31, 2016 by markosun in Technology, Television

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