A Field Guide to Household Technology
Illustrating how a fire alarm detects smoke and what the "plasma" is in a plasma screen television, this fascinating handbook explains how everyday household devices function and operate. More than 180 different household technologies are covered, including gadgets unique to apartment buildings and houseboats. Devices are grouped according to their "habitats"--the living room, family room, den, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and basement--and feature a detailed description of what the device does and how it works, as well as a photograph for easy identification. With helpful sidebars describing related technical issues, such as why a cheap dimmer switch can interfere with radio reception, this handbook for curious readers provides carefully detailed descriptions and the history behind many of the older household technologies like toasters and faucets to newer technologies like motion detectors, TiVo, and satellite radio.
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adjacent alarm alternating current antenna appliances bathrooms battery BEHAVIOR Allows bimetallic strip broadcast bulb cable central vacuum circuit circuit breaker clock coils cold connected cool detector devices dirt drain dryer ducts electric current electric motor electrical power electrical signals electrons energy Ethernet Hub faucet filter floor flow fluorescent garage door HABITAT Found HDTV heating element hot water heater houseboat infrared Inkjet Printer inside INTERESTING FACTS invented kitchen laser light lightbulb liquid crystal display located machine magnetic metal meter microwave motor mounted moves ofthe operate oven piezoelectric plastic plug pool pull pump pushes radiation radio refrigerator roof rotate screen sensor sewer line spins sump Sump pumps switch tape telephone television temperature thermostat timer transformer tube turn UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS utility pole utility room valve vents vibrate voltage volts warm water hammer water pipe waterbeds