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This Week in Tech History: Edison’s Phonograph

On this edition of “This Week in Tech History”, Chris reminds us of one of Thomas Edison’s most famous inventions. Also, the first instant camera is unveiled.

This week in 1878 – Famed inventor Thomas Edison, patented a music player at his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ. (This music device is the one we know as the phonograph.)

1947 – Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were black and white. The camera went on sale the following year.

1953 – The new fad in America was 3-D, as demonstrated in the movie, “Bwana Devil”. The 3-D feature opened at Loew’s State Theatre in New York City.

And this week in 2000 – Windows 2000 Professional Edition was released. Windows 2000 was referred to as “the next generation NT operating system” that Microsoft said took four years and cost over $1 billion to develop.

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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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