Technology Timeline

By Pnaerim
  • World Wide Web

    World Wide Web
    The web was first proposed by Sir Tim Berners Lee of CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research).In 1990 the proposal had grown to include a read-only system of distributed document linking called hypertext, which was based on a markup language called HTML.
  • First Webcam

    First Webcam
    The Trojan Room coffee pot was the inspiration for the world's first webcam. The coffee pot was located in the corridor just outside the so-called Trojan Room within the old Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. The webcam was created to help people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee room by providing, on the user's desktop computer, a live 128×128 grayscale picture of the state of the coffee pot.
  • The Browser

    The Browser
    Mosaic was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign beginning in late 1992. NCSA released the browser in 1993.
  • Direc-TV

    Hughes Electronics and United States Satellite Broadcasting introduced DirecTV, the first US all-digital direct-to-home TV service. The DirectTV system, consisting of an 18-inch (46cm ) satellite antenna and set-top receiver, quickly became America's hottest-selling consumer electronics product of the year.
  • Java (programming language)

    Java (programming language)
    Java was originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun Microsystems' Java platform.
  • MP3 player

    MP3 player
    In 1997, developer Tomislav Uzelac of Advanced Multimedia Products invented the AMP MP3 Playback Engine, the first successful MP3 player.
  • Google

    Started as a research project by two PhD scholars at Stanford University in 1996. They introduced the concept of Page Ranking so that the search engines did not simply count the website hits while showing the search results on the WWW. During the initial runs at the Stanford University, Google or rather BackRub, the first name of Google, amazed many experts and professors. Two years after the commencement of the research project, Google was incorporated.
  • BlackBerry

    The first BlackBerry device, an email pager, was released in 1999.The BlackBerry device, the 850, was introducedas a two-way pager in Munich, Germany.
  • PlayStation 2

    PlayStation 2
    Sony releases PlayStation 2
  • Windows XP

    Windows XP
    Microsoft released Windows XP, based on Windows 2000 and Windows NT kernel.
  • Camera Phones

    Camera Phones
    The first cameraphones in North America were launched by Sprint in 2002 and manufactured by Sanyo. Their success was immediate, and from there spread worldwide.
  • Itunes

    In April 2003, version 4.0 introduced the iTunes Store; in October, version 4.1 added support for Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
  • DirecTV HD DVR

    DirecTV HD DVR
    Rated by CNET as one of the top ten products at the CES 2004 show, this TIVO device took digital video recording to the next level. The 250GB drive held 30 hours of high-def programming or 200 hours of standard TV.
  • Youtube

    Created by three former PayPal employees, YouTube was touted as a cutting-edge video sharing service. In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google