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Solid state devices during such a disaster will have been rendered useless, time to pull out the big guns, dial in for back up missiles on this babie, let Ronnie know youre o.k., take a pic, and say bye-bye to the rooskies. Leave your office building knowing that you'll still be able to order pizza,
even though the pizza place has been blown to smithereens. The camera portion uses vidicon type tubes.
HB Archives: "Retro Cell Phone"
Circa Oct 2000: Somewhat related idea and with a marvelous illustration by [hob]. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004]
||So you're planning to do speech and image compression on a vacuum tube computer in a phone? And you said this phone was to be room-sized, or building sized? You didn't want it portable, did you?