Prototype "Butler In A Box"

Prototype "Butler In A Box"

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Description (Brief)
This is the prototype "Butler In A Box", an electronic home controller system created in 1983 by professional magician Gus Searcy and computer programmer Franz Kavan. The idea was to couple emerging computer technology with novel wireless devices and make a product that could control a variety of electrical devices in a home. Searcy reportedly conceived the idea after friends asked him why, if he could pull rabbits from hats, couldn’t he just tell lights to come on instead of physically operating a switch. Soon thereafter, Searcy and Kavan developed “Sidney,” an electronic controller to do that and more.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1985-04
maker
Mastervoice, Incorporated
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3.5 cm x 19 cm x 25 cm; 1 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 9 13/16 in
ID Number
1991.0079.03
catalog number
1991.0079.03
accession number
1991.0079
Credit Line
from Gus Searcy
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Work and Industry: Electricity
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Data Source
National Museum of American History