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This Week in Tech History: First Color TV Sets & Release of Windows 3.0

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the first color TV sets that we made available to the public as well as the introduction of Microsoft Windows 3.0.

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This week in 1857 – Elisha Otis installed his first elevator in New York City at 488 Broadway.

rca color tvIn 1954 – The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) began commercial production of TV sets that were equipped to receive programs in color. To buy one of those   sets, consumers spent upwards of $1,000. Now, that would be about $8,500 today.selectavision ad

1981 – RCA put its SelectaVision videodisc players on the market. Soon, the product was called “the Edsel of the entertainment field” after the Ford Edsel automobile which was a dismal failure. The units cost $500 and the videodiscs about $15 each. The combination failed to catch the consumer’s fancy.

1985 – IBM announced that it was planning to stop making the PCjr consumer-oriented computer. The machine had been expected to dominate the home Ibm_pcjr_with_display2computer market but didn’t quite live up to those expectations. In the 16 months that the PCjr was on the market, only 240,000 units were sold.

And this week in 1990 – Microsoft Windows 3.0 was released. This version offered dramatic performance increases for Windows applications.

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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