May 15–16, 2019 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA

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  • Eureka!: Clever Items and their Origins

    • Denny Daniel  |  Curator and Founder, The Museum of Interesting Things
    Location:  ESC Engineering Theater (Booth 1067)
    Format: 45-minute ESC Engineering Theater
    Conference Track: ESC Engineering Theater (Free)
    Session Type: ESC Engineering Theater (Free)
    Pass type: Conference (Paid), Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD

    The Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions that inspires everyone to be curious. For ESC, the Museum will include a variety of items from our vast collection covering:

    -- Communication, such as telegraphs, box wooden telephones, teletypes, wire recorders, spy tech from WW2 (yes a Cipher!) & pigeons parachutes, cell phones and computer.

    -- Computers and storage formats like the Osborne portable computer, early Apples and IBMs, the TRS 80, 8" and 5 ¼" floppies, tape reels and data cartridges, the first "Portable"...Luggable! Computer. Early modems and other forms of communication and data transmission are discussed. Also looks at gaming and computing systems like Atari 2600 and the Commodore 64.

    -- Plus other inventions through the ages, such as a Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, windup toys, mechanical door bells and mechanical/gear based household items such as butter churns and apple peelers, medical devices, photography and 3D.

    -- It will also include an array of fun medical items, including:
    • Violet Rays machine (on my website)
    • Prosthetic Leg
    • Tooth Key
    • Trepanning tool
    • Vibratory Technique
    • Brass Enema kit from the 1800's
    • Radium Water bottle
    • Battery Belt (makes you manly man!)
    • ear trumpet hearing aid
    • Hearing aid conch
    • Much ephemera