Digital Archaeology Project

For this project, Monique, Maddie, Ty, and I decided to go to the UMW Digital Knowledge Center and find a device to break down and research. Out of the box of things to break apart, we chose the Kensington Wireless Presenter with Red Laser. Initially it was hard to break open, but we eventually started to break it apart. The parts of the remote we researched was the battery back, control back, control front, circuit board, mounting plates, springs, and rubber buttons. From this, we found the history of the clicker, its significance, and its key elements and benefits. 

The significance and use of the presentation clicker is that you can change slides with a click of a button, creating a seamless transition between slides. The first ever clicker was developed by Zenith, that connected to a TV by a cable in 1950. In 1980, the first real remote was invented. Eventually, Steve Jobs gave a Keynote presentation in 1988. The key elements of benefits of the Kensington clicker are its 4-button layout, red laser pointer, wireless connection, and the batter compartment that also holds the USB. 

We found most information about the clicker from the Kensington business’ main website, like the P/N, Model #, SN, and the year it was first placed on the market. The main thing we had trouble with was finding where each piece was manufactured. We found that all of these parts were made in China, even Kensington business is grounded in San Mateo, CA.  Overall, I really enjoyed learning more about the different parts of the Kensington Wireless Presenter and made me think more about what inside other technology is.  

The slides to our in class presentation are pasted below.

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