Category Archives: Tech History

Here Comes (Finally!) the Goddamn Tesla Museum

Last week, to commemorate Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday, the media made much of the million dollar contribution by Elon Musk (he who appropriated Tesla’s name for his electronic car company) to help transform the Serbian-born scientist’s Wardenclyffe Labs, located in Shoreham on the north … Continue reading

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Meet the Man Who Invented the Modern Age

Each time you plug an electrical anything into a wall outlet, each time you turn on your radio or even TV, you should thank the Serbian-born American engineer named Nikola Tesla. I present him to you because last Thursday, July … Continue reading

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20 Years Ago, Apple and Kodak Launched the Digital Camera Revolution

This is Steve Sasson. In 1975, he was a 23-year-old Kodak junior engineer and he invented the digital camera. After 19 years of development – 20 years ago this week – Apple started selling the Kodak-designed QuickTake 100, the first consumer … Continue reading

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Commerical GPS Turns 25: How the Unwanted Military Tech Found Its True Calling

Here’s the fascinating – and heretofore untold – story behind the first consumer GPS handheld device, the GPS NAV 1000 from Magellan, which went on sale on May 25, 1989, posted here at Mashable.com.

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The Videophone Turns 50: The Historic Failure That Everybody Wanted

Consumer videophone service turns 50 – except how we videophone today (Skype, Facetime, et al) differs radically from how engineers and futurists originally envisioned and implemented it. Read about AT&T’s historic videophone failure(s) that set the stage for today’s video … Continue reading

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The First Cellphone Went on Sale 30 Years Ago for $4,000

Possibly the most read story I’ve ever written – a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the first handheld cell phone (the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X) going on sale to the public – from Mashable.com.  

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How The Beatles Rocked Technology

Yes, we all know how The Beatles influenced music, fashion and culture in general and kick-started “The Sixties.” But in my latest column for the Huffington Post, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the band’s landing in the U.S., I describe the … Continue reading

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Your Smartphone in 2018: 15 Futuristic Features

In many ways, the evolution of the smartphone since the debut of the original iPhone in 2007 has been a predictable straight line —bigger screen, more powerful processors, longer battery life, faster data connections, higher-resolution cameras and more apps. But … Continue reading

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Nikola Tesla Wardenclyffe Museum

Yesterday (May 2), the folks at the Tesla Science Center, with help from a crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo, finally bought Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab site in Shoreham, NY. Read the whole story here. Here’s a before/artist’s rendering after shot of … Continue reading

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Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame bios

I’m sort of the unofficial historian for the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. I’m one of the judges for the Hall of Fame and I’ve written all the bios since 2008. This is a fascinating group of folks, and I’m … Continue reading

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