Chris brought us back to the early days of flat screens on this week’s IFA History Feature:
“The size of picture tubes was limited because of costs and weight, and flat panels were just a dream for many years. At IFA in 1977 the first miniature LCD screen was shown, 3 by 4 inch, with about 9,000 pixels. No wonder that Eduard Rhein, inventor, author and millionaire, offered the incredible award of one million Deutschmark for the first real TV display for the wall. It took nearly two more decades until the first prototypes were shown at IFA in 1995, a 22 inch LCD and a 42 inch plasma. The first real product premiered at IFA in 1997. It was a 42 inch Plasma, only standard definition, costing about $15,000.”
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