Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Tactile knobs. Bright colors. A real-world user interface defined by endless rows of labeled keys.
And, to be fair, cumbersome, heavy boxes packed with super-expensive electronics that failed in the heat and had to be coerced into meeting strict FCC interpretations of what NTSC signals should be.
All to create roughly thirty 640 x 480 pixel images per second. Except they weren’t pixels, they were sequential scan lines of varying voltages transmitted through cables that introduced loss, hum, moire, and, in general, degraded the image. Recorded on videotape that required more than a minute to set up and tweak (if you were an expert).