1973 AT&T Film The Far Sound This Funky film, The Far Sound, examines how technologies invented at Bell Laboratories and developed by the Bell System contributed to making direct-dial, long-distance telephone service possible. It depicts how the various fields and departments at the Labs came together in this singular enterprise, culminating in common service for all. The film’s title, The Far Sound, is the alternate translation of the Greek “Telephone.”
1973, the year this film was made, was a very exciting time to be at Bell Labs. Telstar was under development. BellComm was about to be spun off, to work with NASA on the moon project. Technologies involving the transistor, laser, and the solar cell were underway. Scientists were just starting to explore what a computer was and what it might accomplish. In the middle of this wave of innovation was the Bell System’s core business—providing telephone service to almost the entire country.
A decade earlier, a few cities had been given direct dial long distance telephone service. Now, 10 years later, direct long distance was a novelty in some communities, while taken for granted in others. But this film showed how au-courant technologies at the time like the “electronic central office” (later to become the ESS), the optical MASER (aka laser), and satellites would later converge to form the modern telephone and data network.
The Story Behind Adobe Illustrator (Part 1 of 3) | Adobe Creative Cloud
Published on May 14, 2014
When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, the new product not only altered Adobe's course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. See how Adobe Co-Founder John Warnock first conceived of Illustrator as a PostScript drawing tool and how PostScript's Bézier curves could be applied to the shapes illustrators painstakingly created by hand. This is Chapter 1 in a series of three videos on the story of Adobe Illustrator.
Producer/Director Ami Capen
Executive Producers Jeffrey Severtson Terry Hemphill Dan Cowles
Co-Director/Director of Photography Christian Bruno
Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.