Sony Integrated Circuit Portable Radio, Model ICR-100, circa 1972

Summary

The Sony ICR-100 was the first integrated circuit (IC) radio. During the early 1970's, IC's allowed electronic products to miniaturize. They were used in handheld calculators, toys, automobiles--and significantly impacted the computer industry. Smaller than transistor radios of the time, this radio would have acted as a symbol of its owner's desire and ability to possess the latest technology.

The Sony ICR-100 was the first integrated circuit (IC) radio. During the early 1970's, IC's allowed electronic products to miniaturize. They were used in handheld calculators, toys, automobiles--and significantly impacted the computer industry. Smaller than transistor radios of the time, this radio would have acted as a symbol of its owner's desire and ability to possess the latest technology.

Artifact

Portable radio

Date Made

circa 1972

Creators

Sony Corporation 

Place of Creation

Japan, Tokyo 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

96.13.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mel Boldt & Associates.

Material

Cardboard
Foam rubber
Nonferrous metal
Plastic (Organic material)
Textile
Vinyl

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 1.75 in  (case)

Width: 3.5 in  (case)

Length: 8 in  (case)

Inscriptions

IC Sony Rechargeable Batt.

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