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I am Cartrivision (2)

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Published on May 19, 2011

This was the Cartrivision System demo, on cartridge video tape. This is also a new higher resolution rendering. Four years ago, the bandwidth did not exist to allow posting this from my web site. Besides, the open exposure of my videos at the site, caused this one to be my most bootlegged video. I paid almost $600 out of pocket at the time to get these tapes recovered. My own equipment has been most non-cooperative! Please note that this "high quality" copy is watermarked and copyrighted to www.labguysworld.com Not sure if this video came with the Cartrivision home video system, introduced in 1972. This may have been shown in sales show rooms. The Cartrivision VCR console definitely did come with a taped user manual. (That video is also finally ready to post here.) The Cartrivision system is 100% made in the USA, brilliantly designed, and flopped horribly when brought to market. The design is brilliant if you are a student of Rube Goldberg! The technology is remarkable. But, had many issues. It is not necessarily best to be first. Note that the controls are at floor level. The prototype machines were all designed on a work bench. The engineers did not have to bend over to operate the deck. Department stores, like Wards and Sears, put the VTRs in the TV department and the tapes in the record section, usually on another floor. They were too cheap to have a demo tape with the VTR, because they were terrified of copyright infringement. (This was unknown territory back then) Enjoy America's first home VCR that never was!

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