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This Week in Tech History: Oldest Recording of a Human Voice

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the oldest known recording of a human voice, as well as the introduction of voting machines.

1860 – A French inventor made the oldest known recording of an audible human voice, when he recorded himself singing a French folksong on his phonautograph machine.

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

1964 – IBM announces the System/360 mainframe computer systems. It was the first family of computers designed to cover the complete range of applications, from small to large, both commercial and scientific

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.

That’s our look back at This Week in Tech History, brought to you by IFA in Berlin… The Global Innovations show since 1924, for Consumer Tech and Home Appliances. And by IFA NEXT – the launchpad for innovations. Get more info on these annual retail events at I-F-A dash Berlin dot com

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for 14 years. He is a producer of Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline and 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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