ISO: Sony "WATCHman"
shoppa_classiccmp at trailing-edge.com
Sat Aug 19 02:45:57 CDT 2006
Don <THX1138 at dakotacom.net> wrote:
> John Allain wrote:
> > [Maybe on the subject of the Sony Watchman]
> > 2) It would be fun to find someone who cracked the Watchman format so
> > as to be able to author "new" disks.
> Huh? Are we talking about the same device? The watchman that
> I am referencing is just a television. B&W. With a "real"
> (though "bent") CRT.
There have been various items sold under the "Watchman" name over the
years, and I seem to recall some company selling a small portable videodisc
player (using a tiny disc and a completely incompatible format) in
the late 90's/early 2000's that seems to have faded into obscurity.
Was this Sony maybe? In any event at that point in time the display
technology was not CRT but some kind of LCD.
There was also in the early 2000's a kids toy that had a very low
resolution LCD (maybe something like 96x64!) and could play
discs or cartridges of some kind. I seem to recall this being
reverse engineered by hackers.
The issue of "forgotten media" is shared between video and audio and
computers and a number of other areas.
One of my childhood memories was when my dad got a Mickey Mouse film
projector at a yard sale along with some short Disney films.
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