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This Week in Tech History: First 16-bit Video Game Console

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the release of the first 16-bit gaming console and the birth of what led to the Internet as we know it.

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the_overland_pony_expressThis week in 1861 – The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express, which ceased operations just two days later.

1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of earth from outer space.radarange_first

1955 – The microwave oven was introduced in Mansfield, Ohio at the corporate headquarters of the Tappan Company. The new cooking device had a price tag of about $1,300, which would translate to over $11,000 today. No wonder they only manufactured 34 units that first year.

1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link was established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

turbografx16-console-setAnd this week in 1987 – In Japan, NEC released the first 16-bit (fourth generation) video game console, the PC Engine, which was later sold in other markets, including the US, under the name TurboGrafx-16.

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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