Agilent at the Movies! (Television too!)

Did you know?  Agilent instruments can be seen in movies such as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Transformers,” and “Spiderman.”

But our connection with the big screen actually began back in 1939, when one of Hewlett-Packard’s first customers was the Walt Disney Company.  Disney bought eight HP 200B audio oscillators for $71.50 each.  Disney engineers used the instruments to set music and sound levels in the 12 specially equipped theaters that screened the 1940 animated movie “Fantasia.”

After Agilent was spun off from HP in 1999, our bioanalytical equipment was regularly featured on the television show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” though the Agilent logo was hidden.  (CSI’s set designer was a former FBI forensic scientist.)

In “The Avengers,” the workbench of Tony Stark (Iron Man) features several Agilent (now Keysight) electronic measurement instruments, including an Agilent U1600 series handheld oscilloscope, an Agilent InfiniiVision 7000 Series oscilloscope and an Agilent 34970A Data Acquisition/Data Logger Switch Unit.

The measuremenTest blog has some photos here.

These hidden goodies, also known as “Easter eggs,” work both ways.  Blogger David L. Jones discovered that the Agilent (now Keysight) 3000X/2000X series oscilloscope contains a hidden reference to the popular television show “Lost.”  After entering the last three numbers of the show’s famous number sequence (16, 23 and 42), a countdown of 108 minutes begins.  At the end of the countdown, just as it happened in the show’s “Swan” DHARMA station, a mysterious set of hieroglyphics suddenly appears!

The Electronics Engineering Video Blog has a YouTube video here.

Where else have you seen Agilent and Keysight equipment on your movie or television screen?

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