Cable Box

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Purpose

What is the fundamental purpose of the device?
The purpose of this device is to enable your TV to view channels that are not available without cable. A cable box also provides clearer picture to the channels. The cable box connects to the back of your TV with three wires, a video input and two audio inputs.

Energy

What energy transformations are seen in its operation?
Converting/De-scrambling, digital conversion. The cable box takes energy from the TV that it is sending out, and converts it through the cable box to enable you to view cable channels.

Controls

What sensors/controls are designed into the device?
There is a sensor located on the front of the device, it sense when you power on or off the cable box. The back of the box contains input and output connections. These connections are color coated.

Materials

What material(s) are essential to the device?
Tuner, Demodulator, Modulator, Media Access Control (MAC) Device, & Microprocessor are materials essential to this device.

Science

What is scientific principle is central to its operation?
Electricity and conduction are principles used in a cable box.

Design

What does a typical device look like?
A small box that ranges in size, usually black or silver.
The back of a cable box looks like this.
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Evolution

What changes have there been (or could there be) in this device?
More modern boxes are smaller and more compact, for convenience.

Related Devices

Competitors

What other devices serve a similar purpose?
Antennas & DVD Player

Partners

What other devices work in conjunction with this device?
a TV (Plasma Screen), TV Remote, DVR, & VCR.

Siblings

What other devices use the same scientific principle?

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Let's take it back in time a bit, to the VCR!