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1961. The "speakerphone" booth

02/09/2011 - 07:19 AM

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The first example of a “speakerphone” device to be presented to the Italian public was probably the one that went into operation in Turin at the Public Telephone Stand at the International Exhibition of Italy '61. The “speakerphone” booth, with a telephone paid for by tokens, created by Siemens, allowed conversation by means of electroacoustic amplification equipment that transmitted the incoming communication into the environment. The innovation envisaged journalists as the favoured market, since it would enable them to take notes and write things down in shorthand, comfortably leaning on the little shelf provided for the purpose, without the trouble of holding the handset. The short article published in the Stipel News Digest No. 4, 1962, in giving the news underlined the advantages: a “more effective, pleasurable, lively and hygienic” way of communicating. Notwithstanding that, the phone booth remained an isolated example and was not followed up at the time.

 

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