15 August 2011
DEARBORN, Mich.–The story of the Philadelphia Storage Battery Company is the stuff of legends, not the least of which is how an established company, realizing it would ultimately be doomed if it stuck to its core product line, shifted horses mid-race and became a household name: Philco.
Philco tube radios even today are inspiring a new generation of innovators. Roger Slyckhouse is one.
At Maker Faire Detroit, he showed off his Philco 90-inspired ChronoTune time-travelling radio (real one, pictured, right) that he and friends at i3 Detroit Hackerspace designed for a Red Bull contest.
It’s all digital but the team designed in some clever homages to the tube-centric past.
Listen to Slyckhouse describe their work: