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This Week in Tech History: Chronograph & the Birth of Sony

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris takes us on a trip into yesterday to tell us of the introduction of the Chronograph, the birth of the company that would later become Sony, and more.

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The-first-ever-chronograph-by-Louis-Moinet-5This week in 1862 – Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patented the chronograph — a timepiece that allows for split-second timing of sporting events.

In 1927 – The Hotel Statler in Boston, MA. became the first hotel to install radio headsets in each of its 1,300 rooms just 7 years after radio was born.WGY_broadcasting_station,_Schenectady

In 1928 – WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY began the first schedule of regular TV programs. WGY offered programming to the upstate New York audience three times a week using the mechanical scanning method.

In 1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering was founded with around 20 employees. Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering changed its name in 1958, to a much first betamax recordersimpler, Sony.

And this week in 1975 – Sony introduced the Betamax videocassette recorder in Japan.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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