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Tesla's Radio-Controlled Boat

March 3rd Fact-of-the-Day

On May 18, 1899, Nikola Tesla demonstrated a six-foot-long radio-controlled boat to members of the Chicago Commercial Club. He had designed and built the boat the previous year, but only few people had seen it prior to the Chicago Commercial Club demonstration. Club members saw that he could remotely start the boat's motor, switch flashing boat lights on and off, and navigate around a miniature lake that he created for the demonstration. Individuals in the crowd shouted-out commands that he sent wirelessly by radio, so the astonished crowd could see that the boat actually was being wirelessly-remotely-controlled. ©2005 Martek International All rights reserved.


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