Science: Light Pictures

General Electric physicists long ago learned how to talk along a beam of light. Last week they showed how light might carry television pictures.

The light-telephone, devised by John Bellamy Taylor, translates sound into electrical impulses (as does an ordinary telephone) and then through a neon bulb into a pink wave of light. The receiving set catches the light in a photoelectric tube which translates the message into electricity, then sound. Dr. Taylor has telephoned by this system across the Hudson River, a distance of about 3,000 ft. Anyone with a proper...

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