A Field Guide to Household Technology

A Field Guide to Household Technology
A Field Guide to Household Technology

A Field Guide to Household Technology

By Ed Sobey


256 Pages, 5 x 7

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

PDF, $10.99 (US $10.99) (CA $14.99)

ISBN 9781569762707

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2007)


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An informative guide to curious household gadgets and gizmos
Illustrating how a fire alarm detects smoke and what the “plasma” is in a plasma screen television, this fascinating handbook explains how everyday household devices function and operate. More than 180 different household technologies are covered, including gadgets unique to apartment buildings and houseboats. Devices are grouped according to their "habitats"—the living room, family room, den, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and basement—and feature a detailed description of what the device does and how it works, as well as a photograph for easy identification. With helpful sidebars describing related technical issues, such as why a cheap dimmer switch can interfere with radio reception, this handbook for curious readers provides carefully detailed descriptions and the history behind many of the older household technologies like toasters and faucets to newer technologies like motion detectors, TiVo, and satellite radio.


"Written in a breezy, conversational style that will attract younger readers intrigued by the technology around them." —Library Journal

"Fun and informative." —School Library Journal

Author Biography

Ed Sobey is the author of several hands-on science books, including A Field Guide to Roadside Technology, Inventing Toys, and Loco-Motion. He lives in Redmond, Virginia.