The seemingly archaic devices—which were much cooler before cellphones came around—are really two• way radio transceivers. Unlike phones, you have to take turns with walkies-talkies, pressing a button when you want to talk. Who’s responsible for the gadget we know today? Prob-ably Motorola engineers, with an assist from Canadian inventor Donald Flings and American inventor Al Gross, also responsible for the pager .
Hings invented a portable 12-pound, 130-mile range radio signaling system that he called a pack set in 1937. When Canada declared war on Germany in 1939, he was sent to Ottawa to further develop his pack set. Hings said the name walkies-talkie came about in 1941 when a reporter asked what the device did.
“Well, you can talk with it, while you walk with it,” Hings answered. Gross worked on the walkies-talkie from 1934 to 1941. which Motorola improved into the handheld “Han-die-Al-lie.”
(Previous versions were carried on soldier’s backs.) The device used a vacuum tube and high voltage dry cell batteries. Initially the walkies-talkie was a military device, but soon other uses became clear—cellular search and rescue, marine communication. police work, and as simplified toys.
Powerful as they are, smart-phones are not truly capable of communication on their own accord. But when the apocalypse comes, we may still be able to use walkies-talkies.
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