[Wired In raw #10: Las Vegas CES #10]

Raw footage for "Wired In," a never completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. This tape features footage from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 1982. CES #10.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with color bars and room audio.

00:32Copy video clip URL The videomakers continue to interview Alex Stone, President of Quasar Company. Stone talks about the division in the market between Beta and VHS tape. One of the videomakers goes on to ask about the video disc business. Stone believes that video discs have “great potential for the consumer.” “We look at the video disc business a little differently than perhaps some other people do. We think it is first an audio piece of equipment and then a video piece of equipment.” This lasts for several minutes.

03:33Copy video clip URL One of the videomakers asks Stone about the audio disc and it being better for the consumer. Stone explains that the sound quality is much improved. He goes on to talk about a new Quasar product, the Model CS7400 Audio System. This lasts for several minutes.

08:10Copy video clip URL Stone compares Quasar’s marketing strategy with the Panasonic company strategy. Stone goes on to talk about the difference between VHD and Laservision. He also talks about Quasar’s software push in the industry. This lasts for several minutes.

12:20Copy video clip URL Stone talks about the difference between entertainment and necessity in the consumer electronics industry. “I don’t think anyone would deny that we’re providing basically an entertainment for the consumer.” Stone and the videomaker continue discuss this issue in detail. This lasts for several minutes.

15:30Copy video clip URL When asked what he sees in the future of consumer electronics, Stone says, “You would have to have an extremely fertile imagination to predict what’s going to be there twenty years from now.” Stone talks about the twenty year progression between 1960 and 1980 and compares it with the future of technology. He also talks about high resolution television and states that it “has the potential for standardizing television on a world wide system because that system truly will give you a picture perfect picture.” One of the videomakers asks Stone about the difference between Japanese and American consumers. The tape ends shorty afterward.

18:59Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

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