Technology 1950 to the Present

Timeline created by Maryon
  • Barcode Invented

    Barcode Invented
    A barcode is a machine-readable representation of information in a visual format on a surface. Originally barcodes stored data in the widths and spacings of printed parallel lines, but today they also come in patterns of dots, concentric circles, and hidden in images.
  • Optical Fiber

    Optical Fiber
    Optical Fiber is a transparent thin fiber usually made of glass or plastic. It is used for transmitting light. Fibers are generally used in pairs, with one fiber of the pair carrying a signal in each direction.
  • USSR Launches Sputnik

    USSR Launches Sputnik
    The USSR launched into space the first artificial satellite named Sputnik. Sputnik was the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth's orbit.
  • U.S. Enters Space Age

    U.S. Enters Space Age
    In response to Sputnik, the U.S. launched its first orbiting satellite, Explorer I. This is the first spacecraft ever to return scientific data from space.
  • Eisenhower Establishes the ARPA

    The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) twas established to rapidly develop a variety of technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense. The ARPA is the single most influential agency in the history of computer development in the United States
  • Snowmobile Invented

    Snowmobile Invented
    The modern day snowmobile was designed by Joseph-Armand Bombardier. He is considered the father of snowmobiling for the production and marketing of the Ski-Doo snowmobile . He was granted a Canadian patent in 1960 and a United States patent in 1962 for his snowmobile.
  • First Working Lasar Produced

    First Working Lasar Produced
    Theodore Maiman, a physicist at the Hughes Research Labs in California, produced the 1st working laser
  • Cassette Tape Invented

    Cassette Tape Invented
    The Philips Company of the Netherlands invented and released the first compact audio-cassette. The consumer's demand for blank tape used for personal music-recording was unanticipated by Philips.
  • Computer Language BASIC Invented

    BASIC (standing for Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) was written at Dartmouth College. Mathematicians John George Kemeny and Tom Kurtzas wrote the program as a teaching tool for undergraduates. BASIC has been one of the most commonly used computer programming languages. Its popularity was spread by both Paul Allen and William Gates.
  • First Computer Network is Formed

    Nine years after its formation, the ARPA hosts a study on “cooperative network of time–sharing computers.” Shortly thereafter, two computers, one from the MIT Lincoln Lab and one from the System Development Corporation (SDC), are successfully connected with a dedicated 1200bps phone line. A third computer, at ARPA, is added to form “The Experimental Network.”
  • Compact Disc Invented

    Compact Disc Invented
    The compact disc was invented by James Russell. He granted a total of 22 patents for various elements of his compact disk system. However, the compact disk did not become popular until it was mass manufactured by Philips in 1980.
  • Apollo 11 Lands on Moon

    Apollo 11 Lands on Moon
    The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to complete a national goal of performing a lunar landing and returning to Earth.Additional flight objectives included scientific exploration of the moon; deployment of a television camera to transmit signals to Earth; and deployment of a solar wind composition experiment, seismic experiment package and a Laser Ranging Retroreflector.
  • Floppy Disk Invented

    Floppy Disk Invented
    IBM introduced the first "memory disk" as it was called then. The nickname "floppy" came from the disk's flexibility. Because of its portability the floppy disk was considered a revolutionary device in the "History of Computers."
  • Camcorder Invented

    Camcorder Invented
    A camcorder is a portable electronic device for recording video images and audio onto a storage device. The camcorder contains both camera and recorder in one unit.
  • Personal Computer Introduced

    Personal Computer Introduced
    IBM introduced the "Personal Computer" complete with a brand new operating system from Microsoft, a 16-bit computer operating system called MS-DOS 1.0.
  • Apple Macintosh Computer Introduced

    Apple Macintosh Computer Introduced
    The original Macintosh computer is the Macintosh 128. It was released as the "Apple Macintosh." The beige computer included a 9 inch monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. It sold for $2,495.
  • Windows Processing System Introduced

    Windows Processing System Introduced
    Microsoft Windows is a series of graphical interface operating systems . It was developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. Microsoft introduced the Windows operating environment as an add-on to MS-DOS. Windows was developed in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Microsoft Windows would eventually dominate the world's personal computer market
  • Pentium Processor Invented

    Pentium Processor Invented
    The original Pentium Processor was introduced by Intel. It was the company's first P5-based microprocessor. The Pentium brand was highly successful . It would continue through several generations of high-end processors.
  • Java Computer Language Developed

    Java Computer Language Developed
    Java is a programming language originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems. It is a general purpose, object-oriented language. Java is one of the most popular programming languages currently in use. It has a reported 10 million users.
  • iPod Introduced

    iPod Introduced
    Apple Computers publicly announced their portable music digital player, iPods can serve as external data storage devices. Storage capacity varies by model, ranging from 2 GB for the iPod shuffle to 160 GB for the iPod classic. All of the models have been redesigned multiple times since their introduction.
  • iPhone Introduced

    iPhone Introduced
    The iPhone is a line of Internet and multimedia-enabled smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is a combination camera phone, PDA, multimedia player, as well as a wireless communication device. The iPhone was conceived of and developed by Steve Jobs.
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