History of Electronics

Timeline created by casx123
  • First Camera

    First Camera
    On a summer day in 1827, Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura. Prior to Niepce people just used the camera obscura for viewing or drawing purposes not for making photographs. Joseph Nicephore Niepce's heliographs or sun prints as they were called were the prototype for the modern photograph, by letting light draw the picture.
  • First Electronic Vehicle

    First Electronic Vehicle
    Between 1832 and 1839 (the exact year is uncertain), Robert Anderson of Scotland invented the first crude electric carriage.
  • First Electric Stove

    First Electric Stove
    On September 20, 1859, George B. Simpson. is awarded US patent #25532 for an 'electro-heater' surface heated by an platinum-wire coil powered by batteries;[1] in his words, useful to "warm rooms, boil water, cook victuals..."] ... essentially an electric hotplate.
  • First Projector

    First Projector
    The first machine patented in the United States that showed animated pictures or movies was a device called the "wheel of life" or "zoopraxiscope". Patented in 1867 by William Lincoln, moving drawings or photographs were watched through a slit in the zoopraxiscope.
  • First Telephone

    First Telephone
    Bell's experiments with his assistant Thomas Watson, on the telephone, finally proved successful on March 10, 1876, when the first complete sentence was transmitted: "Watson, come here; I want you.".
  • Light Bulb Invented

    Light Bulb Invented
    The electric light, one of the everyday conveniences that most affects our lives, was invented by Thomas Alva Edison.
  • First Radio

    First Radio
    Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, proved the feasibility of radio communication. He sent and received his first radio signal in Italy in 1895. By 1899 he flashed the first wireless signal across the English Channel and two years later received the letter "S", telegraphed from England to Newfoundland. This was the first successful transatlantic radiotelegraph message in 1902.
  • Wireless Telegraph Developed

    Wireless Telegraph Developed
    Guglielmo Marconi pioneered the development of the wireless telegraph.
  • Super-Heterodyne Receiver Invented

    Super-Heterodyne Receiver Invented
    Edwin Armstrong invented the "super-heterodyne receiver" that could select among radio signals or stations and could receive distant signals.
  • Invention of the Televison

    Invention of the Televison
    In 1921 the 14-year-old Mormon had an idea while working on his father's Idaho farm. Mowing hay in rows, Philo realized an electron beam could scan a picture in horizontal lines, reproducing the image almost instantaneously. This would prove to be a critical breakthrough in Philo Farnsworth's invention of the television in 1927.
  • First Electric Guitar

    First Electric Guitar
    The "frying pan" was the first electric guitar ever produced. The instrument was created in 1930 by Adolph Rickenbacker, and subsequently manufactured by Rickenbacker Electro
  • First Programmable Computer

    First Programmable Computer
    Konrad Zuse invented the Z1 Computer, the first freely programmable computer.
  • First VCR or VTR

    First VCR or VTR
    Before the days of VCRs (Video cassette recorders), there were machines called VTRs (Video tape recorders).The VTRs -- video tape recorders -- were similar to reel-to-reel audio tapes, with large spools of multi-track magnetic tapes. Prototype machines were built in the early 1950s. The first practical, commercial broadcast quality video recorder was released by Ampex in 1956.
  • First Laser

    First Laser
    Theodore Maiman made the first laser operate on 16 May 1960 at the Hughes Research Laboratory in California, by shining a high-power flash lamp on a ruby rod with silver-coated surfaces.
  • First Gaming Console

    First Gaming Console
    The Magnavox Odyssey is the world's first home video game console. It was first demonstrated on May 24, 1972 and released in August of that year, predating the Atari Pong home consoles by three years.
  • First Cell Phone

    First Cell Phone
    Dr Martin Cooper, a former general manager for the systems division at Motorola, is considered the inventor of the first portable handset and the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone in April 1973. The phone was nick -named "The Brick".
  • First Portable Laptop

    First Portable Laptop
    As 8-bit CPU machines became widely accepted, the number of portables increased rapidly. The Osborne 1, released in 1981, used the Zilog Z80 and weighed 23.6 pounds (10.7 kg). It had no battery, a 5 in (13 cm) CRT screen, and dual 5.25 in (13.3 cm) single-density floppy drives. In the same year the first laptop-sized portable computer, the Epson HX-20, was announced.[9] The Epson had a LCD screen, a rechargeable battery, and a calculator-size printer in a 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) chassis.
  • First CD Player

    First CD Player
    On October 1, 1982 Sony introduced the CDP-101, the first Compact Disc audio CD player on the market at a retail price of about $900.
  • Invention of the World Wide Web

    Invention of the World Wide Web
    The Internet and Transmission Control Protocols were initially developed in 1973 by American computer scientist Vinton Cerf as part of a project sponsored by the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and directed by American engineer Robert Kahn. The World Wide Web was developed in 1989 by English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
  • First MP3

    First MP3
    The world's first mass-produced hardware MP3 player was Saehan's MPMan, sold in Asia starting in the late spring of 1998. It was released in the United States as the Eiger Labs MPMan F10/F20 (two variants of the same device) in the summer of 1998, a few months before the Rio.