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This Week in Tech History: Pong is Released

Ford changes the manufacturing industry, the first successful video game is released and a popular video game console goes on sale… It all happened This Week in Tech History.

1913 – Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line and forever changed the manufacturing industry. Ford’s innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to two and a half.

1927 – The first Ford Model A was unveiled on this day in New York City’s Waldorf Hotel and in 35 other cities around the U.S., Canada and Europe. The car was priced affordably: the Phaeton sold for $395.00 and the Tudor Sedan for $495.00.

1972 – Atari released Pong, the first commercially successful video game. The game was first tested in a California bar. Shortly after installation, the machine began to malfunction. When they went to repair it, they found that the problem was the coin mechanism was overflowing. It was obviously a popular game.

1994 – The original PlayStation developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment was released in Japan. The PlayStation has gone on to become one of the most popular and widely-used game consoles.

1996 – The Mars Pathfinder was launched from Cape Canaveral on a 310 million-mile odyssey to explore the planet’s surface. It had a remote-controlled 22-pound, 6-wheel, roving vehicle to sample Martian soil and rock and send data back beginning on July 4, 1997.

Written by Chris Graveline

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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