Happy Tech Day
As technologists, we all tend to look toward the future and try to create the next idea. We at Digital Scientists have created Tech Day. Tech Day is a holiday to look back and reflect on some of the major leaps that got us where we are today. In just over 80 years, we have gone from the first calculator to smart phones. Today marks the date of many major historical breakthroughs in computer technology.
JANUARY 21, 1939 – THE FIRST CALCULATOR
George Stibitz working at Bell Labs completed a relay-based calculator. It calculated using binary addition. His Complex Number Computer was completed in 1939. It could do calculations on complex numbers. This is a major stepping stone towards development of the first modern computer.
JANUARY 21, 1947 – THE FIRST KEYBOARD IS USED
The first key board is used and created. It was a more efficient way of in enter data quickly than the previllously used punch cards.
JANUARY 21, 1950 – THE FIRST DIGITAL COMPUTER IS INVENTED
The first electric computer was invented in Japan by Hideo Yamachito. At the time the IBM punch-card machines required input data to be in a form of a deck of cards. Yamachito’s machine accepted the data entered by multiple operators simultaneously. Each operator had a keyboard, and the data entered in a corresponding register.
JANUARY 21, 1963 – THE MOUSE IS INVENTED
Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse at his Stanford Research Institute lab. Because of the tail sticking out of the end it was named a mouse. The prototype was built in 1963.
JANUARY 21, 1972 – THE FIRST VIDEO GAME
Between 1967 and 1969 Ralph Baer and colleagues created several video game test units. This result was the “Brown Box,” a prototype for the first video game system. It was licensed to Magnavox. In 1972, Magnavox released the design as the Magnavox Odyssey. This paved the way for all video game systems that followed.
JANUARY 21, 1975 – THE FIRST PORTABLE COMPUTER
The Altair 8800 is considered to be the first “personal computer.” Designed by Ed Roberts and his company MITS of Albuquerque, NM. Altair 8800 used a new Intel 8080 microprocessor. The Altair 8800 was the first full computer kit sold.
We hope you all have a wonderful Tech-Day. We are inspired here and will do our part to move technology even further over the next 80 years.
From all of us at Digital Scientists, Happy Tech-Day.