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Evolution of Electricity and Power

  • Electricity Imagined

    Electricity Imagined
    American scientist, Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was electrical and had a source of power, he experimented by flying a kite in the air wile it was storming outside, the line caught a stream of voltage one the lightning struck.
  • Electricity Generator

    Electricity Generator
    After the world wanted to put the power of electricity to practical use, Charles Bush invented the open coil dynamo (a generator) that could produce a steady stream of electricity.
  • Direct Current

    Direct Current
    Thomas Edison saw a market for a system that could bring electric lighting directly into a customer's home or business. Direct current was mostly used to power streetlights and businesses. direct current had no voltage change so it couldn't be used for more than one system
  • Light Bulbs Invention

    Light Bulbs Invention
    After many experiments, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb that could stay lit for more than 40 hours and within the next year, Thomas Edison perfected his invention by making the light stay lit for 1,200 hours
  • Electric Power Plant

    Electric Power Plant
    Thomas Edison opened the Pearl Street power station in New York, the first central electric power plant that could power over 5,000 lights. Unlike what we use today, the power plant used a direct current power system (DC), instead of an alternating current system(AC).
  • Alternating Current

    Alternating Current
    Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current which allowed for a change of voltage and the ability to power cities and factories. Direct current only allowed for one-way transmission as alternating current could be transmitted over a larger area.
  • Power Line

    Power Line
    Thomas Edison's invention of power lines began to be installed in parts of New York all the way to Canada. These power lines used alternating current to power the homes and cities.
  • Electric Appliances

    Electric Appliances
    Electric vacuums, washing machines, refrigerators, and other household appliances were invented at this time in order to make life easier.
  • Air Conditioning

    Air Conditioning
    The first residential air conditioning unit was installed. This groundbreaking unit was an enormous 20 feet long and 7 feet high, worth around 500,000 dollars in today's money.
  • Rotary Dial Phone

    Rotary Dial Phone
    The first person to come up with the idea of the rotary dial phone was Almon Brown Strowger, the first telephone that could be used to communicate with others of long distances.
  • Internet

    Prior to 1983, the various computer networks did not have a standard way to communicate with each other, This is when a new protocol was established called interwork protocol.
  • Citizens Power

    Citizens Power
    Power Marketing takes place and goes into business. Residential homes are supplied with resources like water, power, and gas.
  • Computer

    Charles Babbage invented the first computer called the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) and added a new way of life. It made jobs and corporations a whole lot easier in a way that allowed science and health to be studied and computed.
  • Smart Phones

    Smart Phones
    The Simon Personal Communicator was the world's first touchscreen smartphone in which it could call, text, and send emails. the phone was a prototype and was not released to public marketing till 1994.
  • Google

    Google was founded on September 4, 1998, by American computer scientists Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were PhD students at Stanford University in California. Google became widely used all over the world and just two years later, users were searching on Google more than 200 times a day.