Step in the MAKE time machine and take a look back what some makers were doing 50 and 70 years ago.

Med Compass Hat-1
Old fashion built-in nav system. Compass Mounted on Hat Brim Is Handy Guide for Hiker, Popular Mechanics 12-1936 – Link.

Med Motorized Wheelchair
Ancient version of the iBot. Motorized Wheel Chairs Step Over Curbs and Climb Stairs, Popular Mechanics 1954 – Link.

Med Tires
Tweels, from the 1930s. Rubber Spokes Give Bounce to Airless Safety Tires, Popular Science 5-1938 – Link.

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Home automation. Popular Mechanics 12-1950 – Link.

More @ Modern Mechanix – Link.