The first picture-in-picture TV is unveiled, the first electric watch is released, and a tech giant is incorporated… It all happened This Week in Tech History.
This week in 1940 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio. The new medium, free of interference, static, and noise in thunderstorms, was developed by Major E.H. Armstrong. The first FM transmitter was put in operation in 1941.
1954 – The Duoscopic TV receiver was unveiled. The TV set allowed a person or group to watch two different shows at the same time. It was a primitive, picture-in-picture, split-screen that was tested in New York City and Chicago.
1957 – The Hamilton Watch Company was the first to introduce an electric watch; the Hamilton Electric 500,. The watch was worn by Elvis Presley, who also featured it the movie Blue Hawaii
1972 – President Richard M. Nixon announced that NASA would proceed with the development of a reusable ‘low cost’ space shuttle system. He signed a $5.5 billion dollar bill for its creation.
And this week in 1977 – Apple Computer, Inc. was incorporated in Cupertino, California after being launched earlier in the year, in the garage of the home Steve Jobs shared with his parents.