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CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 14  •  4/4/1998


Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 06:15:17 +0300
From: sobel 
To: Tom Howe <>
Subject: advertisement

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From: ESmith1711 
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 01:37:52 EST
Subject: post

i will trade the following ced's for ANY KISS stuff or old video games (atari,
turbo grafx16 etc) wil also consider any other offers.

on golden pond, jane fonda workout,as we grow,mary poppins, robin hood
(disney),patton disc 2 only,benji,califronia suite.

thanks, gene

Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 06:31:23 -0800
From: Neil Wagner 
To: *CED Digest <>
Subject: Videodisc History Part 20

>From the March 1982 Popular Science column "Look and Listen"
by John Free -

Video for Computers
  Video screens pulsed with color and images.  At dozens of
booths, people clustered around TV sets, pushing buttons and
swiveling joy sticks on control units.  They were interacting
with and changing the TV pictures.
  An Asteroids and Space Wars arcade?  No.  It's what I saw
when I stepped into a big auditorium in New York's Madison
Square Garden recently.  And the entranced videophiles
weren't zapping alien spacecraft.  They and I were surveying
a new crop of interactive videodiscs.  Instead of "The God-
father" or "The Sound of Music," these LaserVision discs had
such memorable programs as how to reduce nearsightedness with
surgery, or viewer-controlled tours through the Corning Museum
of Glass, a West Coast harbor, or a power plant.
  These optical videodisc programs are created for computer-
ized interaction.  The programmable computer is either built
into an industrial disc player, such as the Sony LDP-1000
prominent at this Video Expo showcase, or the player's micro-
processor is aided by an external computer.  Wicat, Inc.
(Orem, Utah), for example, was demontrating its new minicom-
puter and a medical disc on the gastrointestinal tract.
  Surrogate-travel discs pulled the biggest crowds.  These
feature pre-filmed tours of locations.  You move through
scenes--turning at corners, stopping, shufting into fast for-
ward--with computer controls.  But schools and many companies
are also dicscovering the awesome information-storage poten-
tial of videodiscs.  Other booths had training and mainten-
ance discs, sales discs for GM and Ford, an interactive ency-
clopedia, and a disc with 100,000 of the 700,000 U.S. patents
issued over the past 10 years.
  All the disc players used were the laser-scanned, non-con-
tact type, capable of freezing TV images.  Meanwhile, in
Europe, RCA unveiled an advanced version of its player, a home
machine designed for grooved, stylus-read discs.  The proto-
type is capable of accessing program sections by tapping in
minutes and seconds on a key pad.  Variations of its new
machine could also display individual TV frames, say RCA
officials.  The advanced players are not for sale yet.

Neil -


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