Electronic Home Controller

Description (Brief)
This is a commercial version of "Butler In A Box", an electronic home controller system designed by professional magician Gus Searcy and computer programmer Franz Kavan. This unit sold for between $1500 and $3000 depending on the accessories needed to meet a customer’s requests. Butler In A Box required microphones for users’ voice inputs, and different controllers for thermostats, light circuits, alarm systems and telephone access. Aside from sales to luxury-home owners, Mastervoice also marketed the product to physically challenged people who might have difficulty operating traditional electrical switches and controls.
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Object Name
answering machine component
electronic home controller
date made
Mastervoice, Incorporated
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 10 cm x 23 cm x 28 cm; 3 15/16 in x 9 1/16 in x 11 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
Magnetic Recording
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Gus Searcy
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