Unboxing The World’s First Talking Clock Radio

Back then, they didn’t have the same technology that we have today, so they had to use disks to record the times, and then that would play in the radio, similarly to how a record plays music.

Techmoan’s Mat Taylor was able to get his hands on the world’s first-ever talking alarm clock radio. The Panasonic RC-6900 is 50 years old and you can tell that he was very excited for the unboxing process.

“In 1971 Panasonic Introduced the first consumer Talking Alarm Clock Radio, the RC-6900. Let’s open it up and find out how it worked,” reads the caption. He examined every aspect of the product with great zeal.

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The box and the manual were both explored with the greatest of interest. Once the box and manual had been examined, Mat turned his attentions to the main attraction. He wanted to show the world the alarm clock itself, of course.

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When he got the clock, it wasn’t functional. However, with some tweaking and prodding, he finally got the clock to talk! Back then, they didn’t have the same technology that we have today, so they had to use disks to record the times, and then that would play in the radio, similarly to how a record plays music.

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Mat really takes the time to break down every detail of the clock, from the packaging to the buttons and labels. It’s fascinating!

Watch the video for yourself below: