Illustrating how a fire alarm detects smoke and what the qplasmaq is in a plasma screen television, this fascinating handbook explains how everyday household devices function and operate. More than 180 different household technologies are covered, including gadgets unique to apartment buildings and houseboats. Devices are grouped according to their qhabitatsq--the living room, family room, den, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and basement--and feature a detailed description of what the device does and how it works, as well as a photograph for easy identification. With helpful sidebars describing related technical issues, such as why a cheap dimmer switch can interfere with radio reception, this handbook for curious readers provides carefully detailed descriptions and the history behind many of the older household technologies like toasters and faucets to newer technologies like motion detectors, TiVo, and satellite radio.Lava. LampTM. HABITAT Found in the bedrooms of the hip in the 1960s and a#39;70s , these liquid motion lamps are enjoying a nostalgic comeback ... HOW IT WORKS The moving blobs are wax that is heavier than the surrounding liquid when cool and lighter (less dense) when warmed. ... Critical to making this work is picking two materials, the wax and surrounding liquid, that have about the same density.
|Title||:||A Field Guide to Household Technology|
|Publisher||:||Chicago Review Press - 2007-04-01|