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  • Ambrose
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    As a kid in the 70’s I loved the program. The only inventions/ technologies introduced by the program that I remember are Hummingbird ice axes (do they still exist?), square profile corrugated roofing and cladding and CD’s. What else do you remember?

    Mackem
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    Microwave owen

    samuri
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    Silicon chips the size of a dinner plate.

    Velcro

    Something called a computer

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    A Muddy Fox full suspension bike and Kirk Precision frames.

    samuri
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    And allow me to be the first…..

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7L3iSZsNpY[/video]

    marcus7
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    I genuinely miss that show, one of my favorites was a car tracking system and I liked the stuff on mobile phones as well. it’s one of the few 70/80s programs that I think would still have an audience today, I know there is stuff like the gadget show but that only really shows what is current not what is coming. it part of the reason I got into r&d.

    timc
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    you would think a current version would be spoilt for content choice!

    marcus7
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    samurai… silicon chips are still the size of a dinner plate… 🙂

    CountZero
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    What else do you remember?

    Judith Hann, Maggie Philbin…
    Nom nom… 😉

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    Raymond Baxter, ex RAF fighter pilot.

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    Definitely remember that!!!

    Kirk – that was the magnesium alloy thing. Properly goofy looking!

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    Maggie wearing a family tent and explaining digital photos.

    [video]http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NOsHo-bjbIM[/video]

    cfinnimore
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    I remember Peter Snow and Phillipa Forrester.

    Infrared Vacuum Cleaners and the like…

    Am I making this up?

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    “Nuclear power will be so cheap it there will be no need to meter it”

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    “Nuclear power will be so cheap it there will be no need to meter it”

    give it a few years till oil/coal/gas rockets in price, cheap is relative

    I remember them doing a solid state ‘walkman’ that you selected tracks on by pushing a keypad.

    It was an April Fool’s joke apparently. Well, the jokes on them.

    Surely the best was the hair cutting attachment for your vacuum cleaner.

    Rockhopper
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    CD players, Video 2000 machines and something you could spray on an electric drill so you could use it underwater.

    I remember them doing a solid state ‘walkman’ that you selected tracks on by pushing a keypad.

    It was an April Fool’s joke apparently. Well, the jokes on them.

    Are you sure that was Tomorrows World?

    Going Live did that as well…

    who’d have thought where Phillip Schofield would end up…

    Anyhoo, tomorrows world wise:

    Sinclair C5

    Am I right in thinking Keith Chegwin did a stint (or was it because he was shacked up with Maggie Philbin)

    And that guy Fred with the afro

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    I remember the Baygen radio on there. Lots of now ubiquitous stuff appeared on theres – ATMs, barcode readers, camcorders and the digital watches, GPS, flux capacitors, and the Nexus series of Replicants.

    stuey
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    Don’t forget Starlite [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4nnLP–uTI[/video]

    beefheart
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    Wasn’t gale porter on this when she was fit?
    I also remember the MTBs.

    hammyuk
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    I can remember them debunking the shampoo industry.
    They took a woman with waist length hair, wrapped it up and let it sort itself out.
    Took a while but the results were staggering and made the costs of all the designer crap a total waste.
    All she needed then was fresh cold water.

    maxtorque
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    Wow, that theme tune takes me right back!

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    The thing I always remember was an intruder alarm that used a low frequency alarm that prevented you from entering the room it was so painfull, would be ideal for some of these bike theifs.
    Kept my eye out but not found these alarms yet.

    ChrisA
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    The CD player. We’d only just got one at home &
    Had borrowed a few music cd ‘s from the library to try it out,, tomorrows world were giving away cd’s, I phoned for 3 days but didn’t get one

    shermer75
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    That digital photo clip made me feel like I grew up in the Victorian era

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    The staggering cost of these new fangled mp3 players

    bazzer
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    Do you remember the “Star Wars” special then did about the US Strategic defence initiative ?

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    Raymond Baxter was ace (as was Judith Hann)..

    James Burke was on as well wasn’t he, he was great communicator too. William Woollard.

    I see from Wikipedia it must have been rebooted in later years — Jez Nelson? nope! Kate Humble – wowsers!!

    jekkyl
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    I remember when they introduced CDs and they spread strawberry jam on and scratched the surface with a 9″ nail. “and look it still plays” lol.

    sl2000
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    I remember the squash ball warmer episode.

    Are you sure that was Tomorrows World?

    Not at all. It was a long time ago and I was only little.

    Does anyone else remember (I think) the QED stuntman? I seem to remember him driving a car around a plyon and the electricity arcing to the car, there was also a demonstration that involved him standing downstream of a sluice gate to see how long he could stay on his feet.

    rewski
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    post-it notes

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    chiefgrooveguru wrote:

    Surely the best was the hair cutting attachment for your vacuum cleaner.

    Kirby vacuum cleaners have this attachment. Parents never dared to use it thankfully.

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    Are you sure that was Tomorrows World?

    Going Live did that as well…

    I remember that on Going Live. They basically foreshadowed SD cards.

    I can remember them debunking the shampoo industry.
    They took a woman with waist length hair, wrapped it up and let it sort itself out.

    That wasn’t Tomorrow’s World, it was, eh, something else, I can’t remember the name offhand. Same show did a project where they had people wear goggles that inverted their vision. After a few weeks they’d all adapted, then when the goggles were removed none of the subjects could walk in a straight line.

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    chiefgrooveguru – Member

    Surely the best was the hair cutting attachment for your vacuum cleaner.

    Was that not Wayne’s World?

    Cougar – Moderator

    Same show did a project where they had people wear goggles that inverted their vision. After a few weeks they’d all adapted, then when the goggles were removed none of the subjects could walk in a straight line.

    Was that not Knightmare?

    Not totally sure it was Tomorrow’s World but I think it was… An article on disc brakes for bikes, that had absolutely tons of cool riding footage and explained why Repack was called Repack. Think about that every time Countryfile has a presenter wobbling about on a bike and 2 second clips of “extreme mountain bikers”

    mcmoonter
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    Michael Rodd was also a presenter.

    He also did Screen Test

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vix6TMnj9vY[/video]

    Steve77
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    They definitely demo’d CDs as being virtually indestructible. Somehow they ended up softer than butter

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    Endless leisure time ‘cos the robots would be doing everything.

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    They definitely demo’d CDs as being virtually indestructible. Somehow they ended up softer than butter

    I remember that – they smeared CDs with jam and scratched them and all sorts. Also the myth that you could clean them with toothpaste.
    On a related note, they showed the first CD Walkman as well.

    I do some work with Maggie Philbin – she’s still actively promoting technology and engineering (in schools). She’s a fab presenter – even if the kids have no idea who she is!

    Do a search for Teentech if you’re interested.

    TM

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    I remember that – they smeared CDs with jam and scratched them and all sorts.

    I remember the Smith & Jones spoof of this in the 80s. “This is a CD. You can scratch it, smear it with strawberry jam… in fact there are many ways you can amuse yourself with one whilst you save up for a CD player.”

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    Michael Rodd was also a presenter.

    He also did Screen Test

    How cool is that a mobile phone with a rotary dial on it!

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