History of Computers

  • Television Launched To The Public

    Television Launched To The Public
    John Logie Baird showedand invented a working television system to the public.
  • First Trackball Invented

    First Trackball Invented
    Invented by Tom Cranston and Fred Longstaff as part of a computerized battlefield information system called DATAR, initiated by the Canadian Navy. It used a standard five-pin bowling ball as its trackball, which is smaller than the more common 10-pin bowling ball.
  • First Ever Video Game Invented

    First Ever Video Game Invented
    Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game. It was a very simple tennis game, similar to the classic 1970s video game Pong, and it was quite a hit at a Brookhaven National Laboratory open house.
  • First Playable Video Game

    First Playable Video Game
    Spacewar! is a two-player game, with each player taking control of a starship and attempting to destroy the other. A star in the center of the screen pulls on both ships and requires maneuvering to avoid falling into it. In an emergency, a player can enter hyperspace to return at a random location on the screen, but only at the risk of exploding if it is used too often.
  • First Mouse

    First Mouse
    Invented by Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute. The first mouse used two wheels positioned at a 90-degree angle to each other to keep track of the movement.
  • First Email Sent

    First Email Sent
    Ray Tomlinson sent the first e-mail.
  • First Movie To Use CGI

    First Movie To Use CGI
    The first film to use CGI was called Metadata.
  • First Ever Mobile Phone Call

    First Ever Mobile Phone Call
  • Microsoft Invented

    Microsoft Invented
  • First Apple Computer

    First Apple Computer
    It was called the Apple I and was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. The Apple I went on sale in 1976 for the price of $666.66. It was basically just a motherboard with a processor. To have a working computer, the buyer would have to add a power supply, a keyboard and a display (and a case to keep mount it all in).
  • First Laptop

    First Laptop
    It was called the Grid Compass 1100 (called the GRiD) and was designed by a British industrial designer, Bill Moggridge. It weighed 5 kg (11 lb) and cost $8-10,000. The GRiD was mainly used by NASA and the US military.
  • Internet Invented

    Internet Invented
  • Microsoft Word Invented

    Microsoft Word Invented
    A piece of software to type stuff up. Also frequently used by businesses.
  • Microsoft Excel Invented

    Microsoft Excel Invented
    Used by most businesses, excel uses spreadsheets to calculate and keep track of things.
  • WWW Launched To The Public

    WWW Launched To The Public
    Tim Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web, (WWW) and is what most people today consider the "Internet". The Internet as a whole had hundreds of people who helped developed the standards and technologies that make it what it is today, but without the WWW the Internet would not be as popular and useful as it is today.
  • Original Playstation Released

    Original Playstation Released
    The first playstation was a very basic piece of hardware that could run many games.
  • Netflix Founded

    Netflix Founded
    Download TV and movies.
  • First Movie To Only Use CGI

    First Movie To Only Use CGI
    Toy Story
  • iTunes Invented

    iTunes Invented
    This app is used to download music, TV, movies and other things. You can download iTunes in 23 different languages.
  • Original X-Box Released

    Original X-Box Released
  • Facebook Invented

    Facebook Invented
    A piece of software to chat, post pictures, follow people, post videos and catch up.
  • Youtube Launched

    Youtube Launched
    A website to upload and stream videos.
  • Twitter Invented

    Twitter Invented
    Like Facebook but tweeting.
  • Spotify Invented

    Spotify Invented
    Play music for free with this app once you've paid for a month's addmission.
  • Minecraft Invented

    Minecraft Invented
  • Angry Birds Invented

    Angry Birds Invented
    An app involving shooting angry birds at green pigs from slingshots. Very popular.
  • Instagram Invented

    Instagram Invented
    An app to post photos and short videos.
  • Snapchat Invented

    Snapchat Invented
  • Instagram Reached 100 Million Followers

    Instagram Reached 100 Million Followers