The modern television has undergone many revolutionary changes since in first appeared on the scene more than one-hundred years ago. While the products around in the early 1900s bear little resemblance to the flat-screen HD product you own today, the same basic concept was there. We’ve created a stunning infographic that contains all the information you could ever want to know about the evolution of televisions. We hope you will enjoy checking it out and increasing your education. Most people spend at least ten hours in front of the screen each week these days, and so it makes sense to find out about how it came to be that way.
A Brief History of The Modern Flat Screen Television
The first step ever taken towards modern television happened in 1884 when the patent office approved a design for the Nipkow Disk. It was a geometrically operating mechanical image scanning item invented by Paul Gottlieb Nipkow. The product went on to become a fundamental part of all televisions throughout the early 20th century.
Constantin Perskyi was the first man ever to coin the term “television” in 1900. He was a Russian scientist who read a paper containing the name at the International World Fair in Paris. At the time that happened, he was working as Professor of Electricity at the Artillery Academy of Saint Petersburg.
By 1909, the technology has advanced to such a stage that it was demonstrated in Paris. The instantaneous transfer of images was a success, and many onlookers were incredibly impressed by the advancement. It was at that stage that many western governments began to make huge investments. They saw the product as the perfect propaganda tool for spreading information among the masses.
With all the extra money, John Logie Baird was able to give a full demonstration of image amplification at Selfridges in London by 1925. The device he used relied on a Nipkow Disk to function. That was the first time the public began to realise that televisions were about to become something they might keep in their homes in the future.
The world’s first electronic television was created in Japan only one year after the Selfridge’s demonstration. Kenjiro Takayanagi had designed and manufactured the device in an attempt to push Japanese technology into the mainstream. Unfortunately, he was never awarded the credit he deserved in the western world.
The following year (1927), John Logie Baird remained committed to pushing the technology as far as it could go. He successfully transmitted a signal from London to Glasgow using a telephone line. It was the first ever demonstration of a television concept that could broadcast moving images live. He performed it in front of members of the Royal Institution and a top journalist from The Times.
EMI was the first company to invest their time and effort heavily in television. By 1932, they designed and created two camera tubes that eventually were used by the BBC. Less than eight years later, CBS in America started to record their newest films in colour. Other companies soon followed suit. The most memorable colour movie created during those early days was The Wizard of Oz.
There were a number of further advancements during the following few years. They led to the world’s first colour televisions reaching the public market in 1953. While they were far too expensive for the average family to buy, prices soon dropped as consumer demand began to rise. Those old colour televisions were heavy and bulky. They were nothing like the models you have sitting in your home today.
As we moved into the 1970s, colour televisions began to outsell black and white models. That helped to spell the end of black and white TV within the following decade. While there were still many of them around until very recently, most people preferred the colour alternatives.
We hope you have managed to pick up on some great facts and information while reading through this post. As we said at the start of the page, the new infographic we’ve created contains everything you could ever wish to know. We might have covered all the basics here today, but there is so much more to learn. The infographic spans the entire evolution of television from those early days right to the modern advancements in digital technology.
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