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This Week in Tech History: Duoscopic TV & the Birth of Apple Computer

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the introduction of a mid 50s TV set that allowed two people to watch different shows on the same TV at the same time. Also he tells us of the incorporation of one of the most well known tech companies in the world.

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Samuel_Morse_1840 This week in 1838 – The telegraph was demonstrated for the first time in public by its inventor, Samuel F.B. Morse. The demonstration was held at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey.

1940 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio. The new medium, developed by Edwin H. Armstrong, was free of interference, static, and noise in thunderstorms. The first FM transmitter was put in operation the following year.dumont_duoscopic-1

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; now a standard in the watch world.

steve-jobs-and-wozniak-19771977 – Apple Computer, Inc. was incorporated in Cupertino, California after being launched in Steve Jobs’ Garage.

And this week in 1996 – The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone and one of the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption, went on sale.2012_02_14_Startac1

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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