1970s technology - Nawaf Faie

  • The Floppy Disk

    The Floppy Disk
    The first commercially sold floppy disks hit the market in the early 70s, sold by IBM and Memorex, and were 8” in diameter. IBM initially labeled the product as a Type 1 Diskette but the term floppy disk caught on in the press and thus it was christened so for decades to come.
  • Portable Cassette Player

    Portable Cassette Player
    The first cassette players were simple, mono-record and playback units that required a dynamic microphone. Stereo recorders eventually evolved into cassette decks and Hi-Fi cassette decks often didn’t have built-in speakers. So they were bulky, big pieces of equipment that didn’t sound all too well. Then, Sony came along and fixed everything.
  • The Cell Phone

    The Cell Phone
    in 1973 when Motorola engineer, executive, and “Father of the Cell Phone” Martin Cooper made the first truly mobile cellular phone call with the DynaTAC prototype walking down Sixth Avenue in New York City, the moment was far from silly. On April 3, 1973, Cooper made the first call, famously to his top competitor Joel Engel at AT&T, and the direction of mobile telephony changed forever.
  • The VCR

    The VCR
    Methods for recording television existed before the 70s, but were very expensive, were technologically complex, and different solutions used different, non-compatible tape formats. The technology in Videocassette Recorders (VCR’s) was highly mechanical, and even in their latter years, VCRs weren’t much smaller than a briefcase. It wasn’t until the mid-70s that VCRs manufactured by Japanese firms were made reliable and affordable.
  • The All-In-One Personal Computer

     The All-In-One Personal Computer
    The Apple I sold 200 units in 1976, the first successfully marketed personal computer was the Commodore PET, a computer that was adopted in both Canada and the United States. Commodore was just another calculator company in the early 1970s until its lead electrical engineer got shown a prototype of the Apple II by the Steves of Apple.
  • The First “Real” Video Game

    The First “Real” Video Game
    In 1958, William Higinbothan, an American physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, created Tennis for Two, which was played on an oscilloscope and is widely considered as the first video game. Similar to the classic arcade game Pong (which would come about in the 1970s) Tennis for Two was very simple, consisting of a net, a ball that bounced over the net, and a large, aluminum controller for players to use for controlling the game.