History of Technology

  • Invention of the Credit Card

    Invention of the Credit Card
    Credit is a method of selling goods or services without the buyer having cash in hand. A credit card is only an automatic way of offering credit to a consumer. Invented by Frank X. McNamara
  • First musical synthesizer

    First musical synthesizer
    The first musical synthesizer invented by RCA.
  • Invention of a Hovercraft

    Invention of a Hovercraft
    A hovercraft is a vehicle supported on a cushion of air supplied by a powered fan mounted on the craft. Invented by Christopher Cockerell.
  • The History of the Integrated Circuit aka Microchip

    The History of the Integrated Circuit aka Microchip
    It seems that the integrated circuit was destined to be invented. Two separate inventors, unaware of each other's activities, invented almost identical integrated circuits or ICs at nearly the same time. Invented by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce
  • Compact Disk or CD

    Compact Disk or CD
    James Russell invented the compact disk in 1965.
    A compact disk (cd) is a popular form of digital storage media used for computer files, pictures, and music. The plastic platter is read and written to by a laser in a CD drive. It comes in several varieties including CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW.
  • Computer Mouse

    Computer Mouse
    Douglas Engelbart changed the way computers worked, from specialized machinery that only a trained scientist could use, to a user-friendly tool that almost anyone can use. He invented or contributed to several interactive, user-friendly devices: the computer mouse, windows, computer video teleconferencing, hypermedia, groupware, email, the Internet and more.
  • Intel 4004 - The World's First Single Chip Microprocessor

    Intel 4004 - The World's First Single Chip Microprocessor
    In November, 1971, a company called Intel publicly introduced the world's first single chip microprocessor, the Intel 4004 (U.S. Patent #3,821,715), invented by Intel engineers Federico Faggin, Ted Hoff, and Stanley Mazor. After the invention of integrated circuits revolutionized computer design, the only place to go was down -- in size that is. The Intel 4004 chip took the integrated circuit down one step further by placing all the parts that made a computer think (i.e. central processing unit,
  • he Invention of the Ethernet

    he Invention of the Ethernet
    The ethernet is a system for connecting computers within a building using hardware running from machine to machine. It differs from the Internet, which connects remotely located computers by telephone line, software protocol and some hardware. Ethernet uses some software (borrowed from Internet Protocol), but the connecting hardware was the basis of the patent (#4,063,220) involving newly designed chips and wiring. Invented by Robert Metcalfe and Xerox.
  • The ink-jet printer invented.

    The ink-jet printer invented.
    An inkjet printer is a type of computer printer that creates a digital image by propelling droplets of ink onto paper. Inkjet printers are the most commonly used type of printer[1] and range from small inexpensive consumer models to very large professional machines that can cost up to thousands of dollars
  • Cellphone invention

    Cellphone invention
    Cellular: A type of wireless communication that is most familiar to mobile phones users. It's called 'cellular' because the system uses many base stations to divide a service area into multiple 'cells'. Cellular calls are transferred from base station to base station as a user travels from cell to cell. - definition from the Wireless Advisor Glossary.
  • Cassette Tape

    Cassette Tape
    The Philips Company of the Netherlands invented and released the first compact audio-cassette in 1962. They used high-quality polyester 1/8-inch tape produced by BASF. Recording and playback was at a speed of 1.7/8 inches per second.
  • History of the MS-DOS Operating Systems, IBM & Microsoft

    History of the MS-DOS Operating Systems, IBM & Microsoft
    On August 12, 1981, IBM introduced its new revolution in a box, the "Personal Computer" complete with a brand new operating system from Microsoft, a 16-bit computer operating system called MS-DOS 1.0.
  • Microsoft Windows

    Microsoft Windows
    Top View was released in February of 1985 as a DOS-based multitasking program manager without any GUI features. IBM promised that future versions of Top View would have a GUI. That promise was never kept, and the program was discontinued barely two years later.
  • Radar

    Doppler radar invented by Christian Andreas Doppler.
  • The digital answering machine invented.

    The digital answering machine invented.
    The answering machine or message machine, also known as the telephone answering machine (or TAM) in the UK and some Commonwealth countries) and previously known as an ansaphone, ansafone, or telephone answering device (TAD) is a device for answering telephones and recording callers' messages
  • HIV Protease Inhibitors

    HIV Protease Inhibitors
    HIV protease inhibitors were first invented between 1989 and 1994 by researchers working for the pharmaceutical companies of Hoffmann- La Roche Inc. (of Nutley, New Jersey), Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co., Inc. HIV protease inhibitors are used in the treatment of patients with AIDS and were considered the first breakthrough in over a decade of AIDS research. HIV protease inhibitors can lower the viral load carried by AIDS patents.
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells

    Hydrogen Fuel Cells
    The first fuel cell was conceived by Sir William Robert Grove, a Welsh judge, inventor and physicist. He mixed hydrogen and oxygen in the presence of an electrolyte, and produced electricity and water. The invention, which later became known as a fuel cell, didn't produce enough electricity to be useful.
  • Digital satellite radio

    Digital satellite radio
    XM Radio successfully launched its two broadcast satellites: "Rock" and "Roll". In September 2001, XM began the first US digital satellite radio service in two markets: Dallas/Ft.Worth and San Diego. Two months later, XM Radio was launched nationwide. In February of 2002, Sirius launched its service in four markets: Denver, Houston, Phoenix, and Jackson, Miss. The nationwide rollout was complete during the summer of 2002.
  • Intel Express Chipsets

    Intel Express Chipsets
    Grantsdale and Alderwood are the code names of Intel's newest chips that will provide superior and inexpensive built-in sound and video capacities for the PC including the ability to do high definition video editing without additional computer cards.
  • iPhone

    iPhone: The iPhone from Apple Inc was released in June of 2007 and radically altered the way mobile phones are used personally and in business.
  • Android Phone

    Android Phone
    The Android has proven itself a force to be reckoned with, offering a legitimate alternative to the all-mighty iPhone. If you haven’t heard, Android is a Google-backed operating system for cell phones. The code is free, open-source and easy to alter. Users can create their own interfaces and control many kinds of hardware, plus it has over 10,000 Android apps.