Check out this early BlackBerry pager testing equipment

By Bla1ze on 6 May 2014 11:33 am EDT
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As I'm sure most folks know, early days at RIM were interesting and the company went from making LED notification systems for use on General Motors' assembly lines to working with the National Film Board of Canada on a system for synchronizing film editing.

Eventually, they got around to releasing the Inter@ctive Pager but before they could do that, there was some testing of those devices that had to take place. Take a look at the video above and see how in the early days of RIM they used to test the send and receive functions on those pagers while they were in motion.

Not only is that some beautiful carpentry, that's some awesome engineering. No app or software needed for that.

37 comments

bb8900edit

Firstly I'm a video editor and did not know rim dabled in film

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Bla1ze

Won an Academy Award for it in 1998, although the system is no longer used.

bb8900edit

You learn something new everyday. One more reason to love BB

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jstirtzinger

They actually won a Technical Achievement Award at the Oscars in 1999 for their electronic time code synchronization for editing.

Other fun facts...http://www.blackberry.com/select/get_the_facts/pdfs/rim/rim_history.pdf

QuIcKsIlV3r

sorry for your internet loss of being first there bud ;)

craigallen16

Troll-_-

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playbookdrew

This post is an internet loss.

bb8900edit

I always wanted to do it and it slipped me :-D

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Prem WatsApp

First fail, but good to see you own up to it.
Way to go!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

TranceRomance

Nice! Big ups for owning up to the fail.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

BlackBerryRules2006

Man, did you let him off easy Quick!

Next BBM update....BBM Peak

FOR RIM

that's RIM reaserach in motion

jope28

Hope the CB10 will have better video watching experience in future update.

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DocDRM

that was very cool. Thanks Bla1ze!

What's the background on how you got this? Someone here stumbled across it or someone contacted CB to share?

mrjeff

I am subscribed to that Youtube channel and when I saw the video I felt the need to share it with the Crackberry community :)

DocDRM

Nice share! very interesting look into the not so hi-tech world of older industrial design and testing!

paulmike83

That is so cool.

Apple, The New Evil Empire

VR6

Very cool video, thanks for sharing Bla1ze!

bmoney1229

Pretty interesting to see the birth of the BlackBerry device

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vtecberry

Old school cool

Vtecberry Z10

61728297886numbers

Man that guys got some other neat wood working thangs too

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LoneStarRed

As I recall on that piece of equipment pictured, the lighter the varnish, the higher the through put per minute.

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Omnitech

Now that is an awesome, creative device. Mechanically programmable firmware mixer-upper. :D

Very DaVinci'esque.

Afourtrackmind

I didn't know matthias worked for Rim!

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mrjeff

Wooot! My tweet made it to a crackberry post! This is awesome :D

mousii

Very cool, thanks for sharing!

Powered by BB

BBPandy

Cool, thx 4 sharing :)

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niss63

Neat video. Enjoyed that.

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Gundminet

Amazing

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Prem WatsApp

That thing is on heavy rotation, lol

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

MaximumDave

Check out his site at woodgears.ca. There is a bunch of other cool stuff like destructive testing of early BlackBerry products with an oxy-aceytlene powered cannon. Click on the my personal page at the bottom.

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milo53

That's frggn awesome, right up my alley! Love that stuff! Smart guy.

Rootbrian

Totally cool and old school! :)

johnnyuk

Looks like some kind of weird BDSM torture device to me.

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