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This Week in Tech History: First Use of Voting Machines

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the first time US voters used machines to cast their ballots.

This week in 1860 – the oldest known recording of an audible human voice was made on the phonautograph machine by its French Inventor.

1892 – Voters in Lockport, NY became the first in the U.S. to use voting machines.

1894 – The kinetoscope was demonstrated by its inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, in New York City. A viewer that held 50 feet of film — about 13 seconds worth — showed images of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill.

1956 – Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture. The videotape machine had a price tag of $75,000. These early Ampex units were too large to fit in a small room.

And this week in 1984 – Challenger astronauts made the first satellite repair in orbit by returning a healthy Solar Max satellite to space. The orbiting sun watcher had been circling the Earth for three years with all circuits dead before repairs were made.

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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