July 26, 2017

Of course! And you can thank Marvin Middlemark for the invention of the “rabbit ears” or the “V” TV antennae. Of course, most Millennials reading this might not know what this refers to so here’s a brief description. "Back in the day", way before flat screen TVs and wh...

July 19, 2017

Research on recording video on tape was begun in the early 1950's, and Bing Crosby Enterprises demonstrated a prototype system in 1951 that ran at 100 inches/second and had 16 minutes per reel. But the quality was poor. RCA demonstrated a better system in 1953, but it...

July 12, 2017

Channel surfing was born more than six decades ago. The first TV remote control, called the “Lazy Bones,” was developed in 1950 by Zenith (then known as Zenith Radio Corporation and now a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Electronics USA).

The Lazy Bones used a cable that r...

July 5, 2017

Inspired by the telegraph and photography, many 19th century inventors sought ways to capture, transmit, and view images by electricity. One of the most influential inventors was Paul Nipkow (1860-1940), who in 1884 proposed a striking new way to translate a visual ima...

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