My history of the invention of video recording

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One of the least known invention stories of a major technology, in my view, is the invention of video tape recording. And one of my favorite fun facts that a young Ray Dolby, the noise suppression and surround sound guy, co-holds most of the original patents on the technology, which he did while still in school and army basic training. (He’s in the middle of the photo of the Ampex development team, the guy with the bow tie.)

I wrote all about it in a 1994 piece of American Heritage of Invention & Technology magazine called “The Race To Video,” which you can read here.

About Stewart Wolpin

I have been writing about consumer electronics for four decades, including news, reviews, analysis and history for a wide variety of consumer, niche and trade outlets. For the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), I annually update the industry's history and write the official biographies of the CTA Hall of Fame inductees. Aside from writing about consumer technology for a variety of consumer, tech and trade publications, I write a blog and do market research for Digital Technology Consulting. In the non-tech world, I have written "Bums No More: The Championship Season of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers" and "The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle." Check out my work at
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