Tech Timeline

  • Credit Card

    Credit Card
    Diner's Club invented credit cards to pay restaurant bills?! I'm hungry just thinking about it! One was allowed to eat at any restaurant without having actual cash!
  • VCR

    Ampex introduced the first video cassette recorder. It allowed video to be recorded and played back for the user to view at a more convenient time.
  • Sputnik 1 and 2

    Sputnik 1 and 2
    It was the first artificial earth satellite launched by the Russians. It was 585 mm in diameter and had the ability to be viewed all around earth's surface.
  • silicon chip

    Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce invented the silicon chip which was believed to be the number 1 best invetion of our time followed by the world wide web.
  • The Moon Landing

    moon landingOne of man's greatest accomplishments was the arrival of a spacecraft on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon as the first human being to ever do so.
  • Optical/ Light Laser

    Optical/ Light Laser
    Invented by Theodroe Harold Maiman, an American that also patented the world's first laser.
  • Optical Disk

    Optical Disk
    David Paul Gregg patented the optical disk. It was used to store digital data. It is plastic coated and allows one to store more data than a regular cassette tape.
  • First man in space

    first manYuri Gagarian, a soviet was the first man to travel into outer space. He became a international celebrity due to this. He lived a very short, but apparently fulfilling life!
  • Computer mouse invented

    scienceAdding the mouse feature to the computer converted it from something only scientist could use to a user friendly device for any and everybody. Douglas Englebert's invention changed the way computers worked!
  • Hypertext

    hypertextText that allows the user access to other text by simply the click of a button. It helps to describe other things within the other things within the text such as tables or graphs. It was invented by Andries Van Dam and Ted Nelson.
  • Automatic Teller Machine

    Automatic Teller Machine
    This machine allowed speedy access of funds without the need for human assisstance, The Scottish inventor John Sheppard Barron, who also invented the pin number made the machine user friendly for all with a bank account to use.
  • Video Game Console

    Video Game Console
    Invented by Ralph H. Baer it was designed primarily to allow people to play video games for entertainment. Although they first started on vector sc reens rather than analog, they were a very interesting invention for their time!
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    The United States manned mission was the first manned mission to land on the moon. It was the first human made object. There had been many unmanned minssions on the moon, this however was the first manned.
  • Liquid Crystal Display

    Liquid Crystal Display
    James Fergason invented the liquid crystal display (LCD) that are commonly used in digital services. The liquid crystals that are sandwiched between two polarizing materials allows the images to be displayed more clearly.
  • Pocket Calculator

    pocket calculatorSoon after the invention of the microprocessor Sharp Corporation invented the pocket calculator. It was available to perform both simple and complex mathematical functions in as quick and as easy way as possible.
  • Floppy Disk

    Floppy Disk
    floppyDavid Noble with IBM invented the first ever floppy disk as a means of external storage for word processors. David Noble along with a small group of engineers
  • Email

    emailRay Tomlinson invented email as a means to send simple quick messages across a network and around the world. He had experimented with many programs but this by far became his greatest accomplishment.
  • Ethernet

    ethernetThe ability or system used to connect machines in one building with a cable. it involved newly designed chips and wiring. Robert Metcalfe and David Boggs helped with the invention of this new idea.
  • Personal Computer

    Personal Computer
    PARCA research company formerly known as XEROX PARC created the first personal cimputers. These were the first computers to use the mouse and graphical interface for many users around the world. It also used the desltop metaphor.

    camcorderSony invented the first camcorder for the general consumer. It allowed the user to record special moments for home use.