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The Viewtron Was AT&T's 1983 Solution For 'Information Overload'

Information overload is not what it used to be. In 1983, magazines, television and radio were apparently enough to make people lose their bearings. Well it’s a good thing US mobile carrier AT&T was there with a cure — The Viewtron!

The Viewtron connected to your TV and phone line to serve you on-demand news, weather, sports and shopping. As cumbersome as it all looks, does it not resemble our current methods of info-consumption rather closely? The Viewtron failed to attract consumers, however, and was abandoned in 1986. [YouTube / AT&T Tech Channel via Laughing Squid]

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