Electronic updates, the touch wire screen

 

from Colin McKeeman is this 1967 Flight International article.

It describes an early touch screen input device using touch wires embedded in the glass surface of the screen

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Malcolm Hemming added that

“In ’67 I was one of four ‘guinea pigs’ on EU.47, a TWD trial at the Apollo computer at   Redbrae. (The others were George Ennis, the late Bob King, and Bunny Crane). I still have the trial report, loads of boring foolscap of ’67 type data and bumff, no pictures, and probably unlikely to be of much interest. God knows why I keep this stuff…

Just gotta tell somebody though…”
Malcolm added
“On the trial, Bunny Crane couldn’t get the touch-wires to respond. Scratching of heads and sucking of teeth all round, until one of the boffins saw Bunny filling his pipe with baccy. He had built up nicotine insulation on his digits. The answer was to provide him with a post-office clerk’s moistening sponge (normally used for sticking stamps). Imagine those on the Mediator suites between the ashtrays and the shrimp boat dispensers…”

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  1. On the trial, Bunny Crane couldn’t get the touch-wires to respond. Scratching of heads and sucking of teeth all round, until one of the boffins saw Bunny filling his pipe with baccy. He had built up nicotine insulation on his digits. The answer was to provide him with a post-office clerk’s moistening sponge (normally used for sticking stamps). Imagine those on the Mediator suites between the ashtrays and the shrimp boat dispensers…

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    1. Mediator suites, Redbrae, touch wires, ashtrays, shrimp boats – all gone but you can search for them on this site somewhere (but nothing more on moistening sponges).

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