CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???
By Bob Mintz
I hate wires. I hate wires so much, that I would like to have
If you were to take just two wires about 6 feet long each, throw
them up in the air about a mere three feet, I bet you that they
would be forever intertwined for eternity, plus or minus several
centuries, or when TMCC-2 will finally be announced, whichever
As I am in my car a lot, I sometimes get several phone calls
while driving. There are cell phone laws here in the State of
New York that one must use a hands free device, and usually a
headset or speakerphone will suffice.
I recently bought a new cell phone that entirely eliminates
the cables associated with a microphone/speaker system. I wear
an over-the-ear piece that wirelessly connects with my cell phone
that has a 30-foot range. When I receive a call, I just tap the
device and I can answer the call. Conversely, when I want to
make a call, I also tap the device, and an automated voice lists
a number of options, such as check my voicemail, or automatically
dial someone in my address book by voice activation, using Bluetooth
According to the Verizon website: “Bluetooth is a wireless networking
technology designed primarily to replace cables for communication
between personal computing and communication devices. It is intended
to be used for both voice and data communications.
The Bluetooth name refers to King Harald "Bluetooth" Blaatand,
a famous Danish king of the 10th century, who unified Denmark
and Norway. In the beginning of the Bluetooth wireless technology
era, Bluetooth was aimed at unifying the telecom and computing
Sometime between the 1946 debut of Lionel Electronic Control,
1994s Lionel's TrainMaster Command Control (TMCC) and 2002s MTH's
Digital Command System (DCS), there was the 1950s “Audio Engineer” manufactured
by Electro-Nuclear Devices, Inc., billed as “a precision electronic
instrument for controlling electric trains by the SPOKEN COMMAND.”
As a blur continues between the personal computer and entertainment
devices, and phones and the Internet, can a voice activated remote
system be way too far off into the near future?
Get out your decoder rings in the form of a PDA, replace your
Etch a Sketch with Adobe® Photoshop, and even though most
of us today in the digital age use cable or satellite, “Stay
Just to make our collector lives interesting, the “Audio-Engineer's” box
come in two flavors, a tan such as the one shown, and a yellow
and black variation.
Gotta luv it!