Panasonic Model TR-001 Micro Television
|The Panasonic model TR-001
television was introduced in 1970 and was the first truly pocket-sized
television sold to the public. It was about 4 inches high, just
under 2 inches wide, and about 6 inches deep. The picture was
about 1 1/2 inches, measured diagonally, though a removable magnifier
was provided. It used an internal NiCd rechargable battery, and
could be run off the battery, the charger, or from an auto
battery. A tiny speaker below the screen provides the sound.
The unit shown here is in working order. The picture is quite good, with excellent brightness and contrast, though a small screen can mask some problems that might be objectionable on a larger set. The sensitivity is astoundingly good, even on UHF. The magnifier uses a plastic Fresnel lens which serves its purpose, and helps to shield the screen from ambient light, but the lines in the lens are objectionable.