History of Computers----Luke Garrett

  • Spread Spectrum

    Spread Spectrum
    Nikola Tesla develops frequency hopping, now known as spread spectrum.
  • Panasonic

    Panasonic is founded.
  • Radio Shack

    Radio Shack
    The first Radio Shack store is open.
  • FCC

    The FCC is established. The U.S. Communication Act is established shorty after.
  • First electronic computer

    First electronic computer
    Iowa State Colleges John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry begin work on creating the binary-based ABC (Atanasoft-Berry Computer). Considered by most to be the first electronic digital computer.
  • PCM

    Alec Reeves develops PCM (used for cd's, dvd's and blu-ray discs)
  • The Xerox

    The Xerox
    Chester Carlson produces first electrophotographic image October 22, 1938, which later becomes the Xerox machine.
  • Complex Number Calculator

    Complex Number Calculator
    George Stibitz completes the Complex Number Calculator capable of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing complex numbers. This device provides a foundation for digital computers.
  • Z3

    German Konrad Zuse finishes the Z3, a fully program-operational calculating machine. The computer is publically introduced in Berlin May 12, 1941.
  • First calculator

    First calculator
    ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first general-purpose electronic digital calculator begins to be constructed. This computer by most is considered to be the first electronic computer.
  • Debugging

    The term bug as computer bug was termed by Grace Hopper when programming the MARK II.
  • Chess

    Claude Shannon builds the first machine that plays chess at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • AI

    John McCarthy coins the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 1955 at Dartmouth University.
  • Tennis for Two

    Tennis for Two
    William Higinbotham created the first video game called: Tennis for Two.
  • AT&T

    AT&T introduces the dataphone and the first known MODEM.