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Without today’s birthday boy, you might still be getting out of your chair every time you want to change the channel on the TV.
Robert Adler, inventor of the first practical, wireless television remote control, was born on this day in 1913. His remote control had what may be the second-best remote control name ever: The Space Command. (The best remote name ever really has to go to the Space Command’s predecessor, the Lazy Bones.)
Television remote controls were developed in the early 1950s. Electronics giant Zenith, where Adler worked, introduced the first remote control, the Lazy Bones, but it wasn’t quite remote—the control was connected to the television with a clumsy cord. The next iteration also had a great name, the Zenith Flash-Matic, but it too was problematic. The Flash-Matic used light beams pointed at photo cells in the television set. That seemed to work well enough, unless the television was exposed to any direct sunlight, inadvertently triggering the remote control functions.
- Spaces17 hrs ago
Yvonne Stehle, aka moline on Flickr, is a homemaker extraordinaire: She's made homes in Germany, in Seoul, in Istanbul, in Mexico -- and those are just the sets we found on Flickr. This picture shared with Yahoo Homes' Flickr group, titled "Tub with a view," is from Germany. Her caption says "my heaven and refuge," and we can see why.
Do you have scenes of home to share? We'd love to see photos. Whether you're a designer, a blogger, a contractor, a real estate agent or just a homeowner or renter with a good eye, we welcome your original images of home in Yahoo Homes' Flickr group. Just go to http://bit.ly/yahoohomesflickr to join and share photos. We might even feature them on our site!
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The hype and speculation that preceded the unveiling of Dean Kamen's supposedly world-changing invention on Dec. 3, 2001, was feverish.
"If enough people see the machine," Steve Jobs said, "you won't have to convince them to architect cities around it. It'll just happen." (That quote comes from a leaked book proposal. The leak was first published by a now defunct publication called Inside.com -- setting off months of news reports wondering what the invention code-named "Ginger" or just "IT" could possibly be.)
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"Decorating started," declares Flickr user Mirna Bucevic, aka Dream-o-holic, in the title of this photo shared with Yahoo Homes' Flickr group. "Xmas spirits in our home," the caption reads. She's made lovely use of this simple, cheery corner in a series of holiday photos of her children, which you can see here and in her photostream. (The sign says "Merry Christmas" in Croatian, if my Croatian serves me. Just kidding. Google Translate.) Bucevic is from Zagreb, Croatia.
Do you have a holiday scene of home to share? We'd love to see photos. Whether you're a designer, a blogger, a contractor, a real estate agent or just a homeowner or renter with a good eye, we welcome your original images of home in Yahoo Homes' Flickr group. Just go to http://bit.ly/yahoohomesflickr to join and share photos. We might even feature them on our site!
- Spaces2 days ago
On this day 32 years ago -- Dec. 2, 1981 -- a little bundle of joy named Britney Spears came howling into the world.
To mark that auspicious day, we're taking a look at the house that Britney Spears bought last year in Thousand Oaks, a suburban community in the Valley outside Los Angeles.
The single-story Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, has 8,500 square feet of living space on a double lot of about an acre and a half. She bought it from retired hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, Paris Vaughan, an actress and the daughter of jazz legend Sarah Vaughan. They'd listed it at $8.5 million, but the price she paid is unavailable.
- Spaces7 days ago
This fantastic composition, shot by Flickr user irene yf and shared with Yahoo Homes' Flickr group, is titled "Combination of lines and circles." The caption reads: "Christian's house at Joglo, Jakarta. Design by irene." We especially love the interplay of the leaves and the lime-colored beams. Do you have scenes of home to share? We'd love to see photos. Whether you're a designer, a blogger, a contractor, a real estate agent or just a homeowner or renter with a good eye, we welcome your original images of home in Yahoo Homes' Flickr group. Just go to http://bit.ly/yahoohomesflickr to join and share photos. We might even feature them on our site!
- Spaces7 days ago
Welcome to Yahoo Homes of the Week, powered by Zillow. This week, we're looking at how much it costs to live in a roughly 20,000-square-foot home in different parts of the country. From movie theaters to wine cellars and motor courts, these mansions have it all, but prices can vary greatly from one city to the next. See Zillow Blog for even more mega-mansions currently on the market. Other recent Homes of the Week: • Futuristic homes fit for 'Hunger Games' • Architectural masterpieces • Cost to live in median-sized U.S. homes • Unique and unusual homes for sale
- Spaces7 days ago
We'll admit it: We were considering passing over Willis Carrier as our candidate for an On This Day post, because we thought he was a little boring. Ho-hum, he invented air conditioning. Big deal. But then we saw that PBS had declared him one of the innovators who made America, and we sat up a little straighter and paid attention. Because really, if you think about it (and we're ashamed that we hadn't, initially), air conditioning did help define America, and the rest of the world. Even if that's hard to remember as November ticks away into December. Indoor climate control is a feature that some of us (blush) take for granted, but without Carrier's modern air conditioning, population patterns and even our individual houses would look very different. "The spread of artificial climate control in the second half of the 20th century triggered major, long-term demographic and architectural trends," PBS says. "Sun Belt cities like Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, boomed, attracting businesses and workers by the thousands. House design shifted from features that facilitated natural cooling -- porches, high ceilings, cross ventilation -- to spectacular additions like glass doors and large windows. And iconic, modern glass-walled skyscrapers rose across the nation." And that is pretty cool.
- Spaces8 days ago
This photo by Bartek Miskiewicz, titled "mid winter at home," was shot in Liverpool, England, in December 2010 -- and generously shared with Yahoo Homes' Flickr group. Do you have scenes of home to share? We'd love to see photos. Whether you're a designer, a blogger, a contractor, a real estate agent or just a homeowner or renter with a good eye, we welcome your original images of home in Yahoo Homes' Flickr group. Just go to http://bit.ly/yahoohomesflickr to join and share photos. We might even feature them on our site!
- Spaces8 days ago
Matt Damon has knocked $1,001,000 off the price of the Miami Beach mansion he's been trying to sell for about seven months now. Of course, that's only about 5 percent off the original $20 million asking price. And he can make it back in about seven seconds, if you believe reports about his TV-commercial earnings. The home is on celebrity-rich North Bay Road, where stars like Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod have lived. The double lot has 170 feet of water frontage on Biscayne Bay -- Damon and his wife combined neighboring properties -- adding up to a 1-acre compound that the listing agency calls "by far one of the largest in the region." (No, we're not sure either how it can "by far" be merely one of the largest.) The main estate was built in 1935. Living space totals 12,705 square feet, comprising a "palatial mansion" with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms as well as a two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse. The home offers views of the bay and downtown Miami -- "all for the reasonable price of $20,000,000." (Yes, that's a real quote! A few days after the real estate agents published the blog post that we're quoting, the price came down by a million and change, so we're guessing it wasn't quite reasonable enough.) As we recently wrote here on Yahoo Homes' blog, Damon and his family bought a house in Southern California last year just down the street from Ben Affleck. To see a slideshow of that Pacific Palisades home, click here. We'll also take this opportunity to highlight a genuinely worthy cause of Damon's: He co-founded water.org, dedicated to solving the shocking water and sanitation problems in much of the world. More people in the world have a cell phone than have a toilet, water.org says. In fact, 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet. "I was so just shocked by this," Damon told CNN. "The toilet? Yeah, there's the guest room toilet, the toilet in your [bedroom] -- you know, there are toilets everywhere. How can this be?" For the record: The Miami Beach estate has a Miami Beach mansion he's been trying to sell0, as does the Pacific Palisades home. Related on Yahoo Homes: • Miami Beach mansion he's been trying to sell1 • Miami Beach mansion he's been trying to sell2 • Miami Beach mansion he's been trying to sell3