It is about a flat mural screen which disseminates last information at any hour of the day and the night, the last plays, of the courses and the teleconferences. The novel is supposed to be held in 1952. Before even the arrival of the cinema, radio, and well before the data-processing networks, Robida imagined what industry presents to us today as being the “television of the future”: distraction, communication, information, the whole hung like a table with the wall of the living room.
Although the precise definition of the téléphonoscope goes back to 1883, this invention, under the same name, was for a certain time known. Indeed, the popular rumor claimed that Thomas Edison had just developed an invention being used to communicate remotely and transmitting the image as much that the sound. The caricaturist George of Maurier, grandfather of Daphne of Maurier, had drawn a téléphonoscope in the almanac 1879 of the magazine Punch . One saw a couple there, in a living room, in videoconference with people outside.
In fact, Thomas Edison had invented a téléphonoscope well, but if this name had made work imagination, the result proved to be disappointing since it was about what we name today a Mégaphone.
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