Check out this early BlackBerry pager testing equipment

By Bla1ze on 6 May 2014 11:33 am EDT

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.

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Check out this early BlackBerry pager testing equipment


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!

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?

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

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

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

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

Very DaVinci'esque.

Check out his site at 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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Looks like some kind of weird BDSM torture device to me.

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