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Philo's Farnsworth
General Information
Effects Two Way Audio / Video Communication
Source Philo Farnsworth
Danger Minimal
Activate see How it Works
Location In Warehouse Agents' possession

The Farnsworth is a two-way audio and video communications device invented by Philo Farnsworth in 1929, soon after the invention of the television. They're used by Warehouse agents because they are on their own secure frequency spectrum and can't be cracked, hacked, tapped, or otherwise "broken".

Nicknamed "the Farnsworth" by Artie, one of the Warehouse field tools and communication device. It allows the agents to call Artie with the touch of a button. Farnworths operate on an unhackable frequency.

Top Farnsworth (Original)
Bottom Farnsworth (Reproduction)


Reproduction version

How it Works

Incoming transmissions sound a buzzing to alert the possessor of this artifact. To start the transmission, the device is opened like a book and the right-most button located just below the red lamp is pushed. Pushing the button a second time ends the transmission. How transmissions actually operate, however, is currently unknown, though based on the fact that the device was developed in the same era as the first television, radio waves are a reasonable surmise. It has, however, been categorically stated that Farnsworths operate on an "unhackable frequency", whatever that may require. They were designed to be able to work anywhere, even if the user is deep underground.

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