Technology Timeline

  • Playstation

    The PlayStation was released in Japan on December 3, 1994 and in North America in September 1995. The brand is produced by Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony. This was this first successful disk gaming system which set forth a new standard for video game consoles. This was the gaming system that many remember as their first "real" feeling game play with never before seen graphics and controls.
  • DVD

    The DVD (Digital Video Disc/Digital Versatile Disc) is a digital optical disc data storage format invented and developed in 1995 but wasn’t released until 1996. This was developed by multiple competing companies at the time, but laser disc technology itself was invented by David Paul Gregg and James Russell in 1958.Standardized high definition home viewing, data storage and the film industry got a second life for releasing product.
  • MP3 Player

    MP3 Player
    The first portable MP3 player was released in 1997 by the company named Saehan Information Systems, which sold its player to a North American company Eiger Labs, which renamed them as the EigerMan F10 and F20 for american sales. These allowed portable music players to be carried without the fear of skipping, scratching or losing disks and allowed the item to be snugly fit into a pocket. A huge step forward in music and digital music downloads.
  • iMac computer

    iMac computer
    iMac is a Macintosh desktop computer designed and built by Apple Inc. to be the first “all-in-one” family computer. It was also the first to have color cases, and this “personalization” was highly sought after at the time, along with its integrated computer and monitor system. It was the first Macintosh computer to have a USB port and no floppy disk drive, starting a standard for all computers to move away from the disk drive and include USB after seeing the importance of this.
  • DVR

    Digital video recorders (DVRs) appeared on shelves in 1999 from companies named ReplayTV and TiVo. These digital devices allowed customers to record television programs without the use of videotapes or external storage devices that take up shelf space. This was revolutionary as it allowed families to record programs that they otherwise could not watch when first released, and gave them that personal experience of a home theater without going to the theater or waiting for reruns.