From Television to Home Computer: The Future of Consumer Electronics - Edited by Angus RobertsonBlandford Press, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of dust wrapper slightly worn. Price Clipped. First blank has a tanned offset from the flap.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In the 1950s, the only items of complex electronic equipment in the typical household would have been a monochrome television receiver and simple record player (usually called a gramophone!). Ten years later colour television was just beginning to replace monochrome, and hi-fi ‘separates’ were becoming all the rage. Today, the range of electronic equipment being introduced into the consumer environment is rapidly increasing, effectively opening up the vast new industry of ‘Consumer Electronics’. In addition to colour television, there are video cassette recorders which allow television programmes to be recorded for later viewing or permet pre-recorded cassettes (such as feature movies) to be watched; teletext and viewdata receivers (usually built into normal television sets) that provide access to vast data bases of consumer and business information such as news, weather, sport and entertainment guides; video discs that will permit feature movies to be purchased for less than £10 and viewed via a record player producing pictures as well as sound; television and electronic games that are allowing rapidly advancing electronic technology to provide entertainment on many levels, for adults and children; and home computers which are not dissimilar to the more complex television games but with the important difference that they may be programmed to play games and perform many thousands of different domestic tasks. Many other aspects of consumer electronics are covered in the book including electronic watches and calculators and, with so much electronic equipment installed in the home, home protection and security devices which are becoming increasingly important, not only as defences against theft, but also fire. Finally, developments are continuing all the time in hi-fi and these are thoroughly covered, together with the increasingly important field of in-car entertainment market. Consumer electronics are destined to have a tremendous impact on our lives over the coming years, and FROM TELEVISION TO HOME COMPUTERS provides an insight into that future.”