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10 retro appliances that stood the test of time

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

From the 1920s through the 1980s, Sunbeam was the name in small appliances. Though various acquisitions and mergers eventually made it just another brand in Jarden's massive portfolio, it was proudly independent for the majority of the 20th century, hiring famed product designers to craft mixers, toasters, and can openers. The stylish Vista line of small appliances was introduced in the 1960s. That's when canned food was king, and an electric can opener was a necessity for any modern housewife--including my grandmother, who proudly displayed a Vista can opener on her countertop for over fifty years. Hers was off-white and blue, but other colors included pink and turquoise.

Appliance Recognition and Unattended Appliance Detection for Energy Conservation

AAAI Conferences

Providing energy conservation services becomes a hot research topic because more and more people attach importance to environmental protection. This research proposes a framework that consists of four process models: appliance recognition, activity-appliances model, unattended appliances detection, and energy conservation service. Appliance recognition model can recognizes the operating states of appliances from raw sensing data of electric power. An activity-appliances model has been built to associate activities with appliances according to the data of Open Mind Common Sense Project. Using the relationship between activities can help to detect unattended appliances, which are consuming electric power but not take part in the resident’s activities. After obtain information of appliance operating states and unattended appliances, residents can receive energy conservation services for notifying the energy consumption information. Finally, the experimental results show that dynamic Baysian network approach can achieve higher than 92% accuracy for appliance recognition. Data of activity-appliances model shows most appliances are strong activity-related.

3 Accused of Taking Appliances From North Carolina Homes

U.S. News

Forty-four-year-old Thomas Glenn Wiggs of Dudley, 49-year-old Kimberly Sale Adams of Knightdale and 26-year-old Wesley Adam Narron of Spring Hope have been charged with breaking and entering, larceny and conspiracy. The newspaper says charges are pending in at last 10 counties from Raleigh to Jacksonville.

Tell us about your oldest working appliance

The Guardian

As we spend more time at home than ever, some of us have looked to upgrade our home appliances – but for others, there has been no need. From ovens and fridges that have outlived their owners, to hairdryers passed from one generation to the next, we want to hear about your gadgets and devices which haven't given up the ghost, despite many years of use. You can get in touch by filling in the form below. Your responses are secure as the form is encrypted and only the Guardian has access to your contributions. One of our journalists will be in contact before we publish, so please do leave contact details.