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That Thing You Do - *Modern* Technology
Although this movie supposedly took place in the 50s or 60s, given the style of music and dress, there are lots of modern technology used such as walkmans and remote controls. Look when their song first comes out you see her wearing the headphones with the walkman, and later they are flipping channels with a remote. Both were much more recently invented and were not around back then.
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Cosmic Monster writes:
The first television remote control was invented by Zenith in 1950. They called it "Lazy Bones" and it used a wire. Five years later, Zenith engineer Eugene Polley invented the first wireless remote called the "Flashmatic" which operated by means of four photo cells, one in each corner of the TV screen. The viewer used a highly directional flashlight to activate the four control functions, which turned the picture and sound on and off and changed channels by turning the tuner dial clockwise and counter-clockwise. In 1956 "Zenith Space Command" was invented which used ultra high sound frequencies and was used through the early 1980's. Then the "Infrared Light" remote was invented and is still used to this day.
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LLij-aise writes:
I don't know about TV remote controls existing in the early 60's when this movie was supposed to have taken place;but I know that they did have portable radios with ear piece type head phones that T.B. Player (the character you mentioned) had when their song was played on the radio. I know this because my dad still uses his sometimes.
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Stewie writes:
As well as Walk-man's existing in the 60's, the first cord-less TV remote control came out in 1955. Sorry, but this Slip-Up just isn't a Slip-Up!
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inspector2 writes:
The "Modern Technology" slipups listed here are incorrect. The film definitely takes place in the 60's, and both remote controls and personal radios were in service. In fact, the remote control is an accurate "clicker" type, using only 4-buttons that had to be clicked to move the channel and/or volume up or down. As for the "walkman", this is merely a "transistor" radio, with a single-lobe headphone. Also, accurate for the period. Notice when Faye meets TB Player, coming out of the Army/Navy store, he has to dial his radio to get to the right radio station.
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Moon Shadow writes:
I agree with Inspector2. The transistor radios of that time were the rage. Even though they all had AM and FM there were very few FM Stations broadcasting!
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