on a radio invented by Sir Clive
inventor Sir Clive Sinclair has gone back to his
roots with his latest invention - the Sinclair X1
Button Radio, the size of a 10p coin. The X1
weighs half an ounce and is worn in one ear.
Tuning involves pushing tiny buttons that
"search" up and down the VHF spectrum.
"It will enable you to listen to your
favourite station wherever you are, and so
discreetly that even the person next to you will
be unaware that you are using it," says Sir
Clive. He talks of more new products in the
pipeline, including another radio, a cordless
phone, and a new kind of portable computer.
"We've got some exciting new technology
that's quite radical in design. My feeling is
that portable computers at the moment are too
much of a compromise, so we're looking into ways
of achieving a better balance between portability
and function," he says.
His first invention was a kit radio, the
Micromatic, launched in 1964, but Sinclair made
his name in the Eighties with the ZX series of
personal computers. So where did the X1's name
"Just out the air really," he says.
"I'm always calling things X this and Z
that, and it's the first of a new range.
Startling originality, isn't it?"
The X1 costs £10 including VAT, postage and
packing, and is available from Sinclair Research