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September 22, 1990 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Home Design
If "The Jetsons" used to be part of your Saturday morning TV ritual, it's a fair bet that you also used to dream about having a few of George Jetson's household gadgets to monkey around with. George would push a button and out of the ceiling would come the TV. He'd tell a machine to brew him up a cup of coffee and there it would be, piping hot. If he wanted to check on the kids, he just poked a button on the TV remote and there on the screen would appear Judy and Elroy in their respective rooms.
Bored with video games? Seen all the latest videos? Your compact discs collecting dust? Not to worry. The creators of CDs are working on the next wave in home entertainment: an audiovisual device that combines the interaction of video games, the visual quality of videotapes and the sound of a compact disc. Called Compact Disc Interactive (or CD-I), the product being developed by Sony Corp. and N. V.
October 5, 1989 | STEVE METCALF, The Hartford Courant
These days, the home-electronics industry lives by an uncomplicated rule. Essentially, it requires that every few years the industry shall introduce a Big, Expensive (But Not Too Expensive!) New Thing that everybody decides is necessary to own in order to live a Satisfying, Quality Life. In the '80s, the VCR has been the most classic and profitable example. More recently it has been the compact-disc player.
July 23, 1987 | ERIC MATTSON, Times Staff Writer
A month ago, she was in Las Colinas women's jail, serving a year for writing $15,000 in bad checks. She was five months pregnant, could only see her children once a month and was unsatisfied with the her prenatal care. She said it was the worst time of her life.
February 5, 1986 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Some convicted county criminals will soon be doing their time at home, restrained not by bars or shackles but by electronic sensors. The year-long experiment, set to begin July 1, is being touted as one way to free up precious jail space the county needs for violent and hardened criminals. It will be the first such program in California. San Diego County supervisors unanimously approved the idea Tuesday with little discussion.
September 22, 1985 | ELIZABETH PENNISI, UPI Science Writer
For Portia Isaacson, FutureHome is a fantasy come true. If a business meeting keeps her from getting home in time for her husband's birthday, a computer-controlled scenario, complete with loving messages, romantic lighting, favorite music and appropriate videos, will let him know he hasn't been forgotten. A quick call to--or from--a computer ensures that her hot tub will be warm when she arrives or informs her when her teen-aged children have arrived home from school.
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