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First Digital Camera

Steven Sasson receives titanic—gargantuan props for inventing the digital camera in 1975! Of course it’s huge, as all first generation technology is, but what really got me wasn’t that it only had one button with two positions, or that it’s wiring is exposed, it’s that it uses a damn tape to store data! I know it’s not unheard of, but that almost made me spit my coffee out.

I’d like to also see a model that does video—or film I suppose. You’d probably need a couple buddies to help you out with holding it and positioning it about town. Plus since any human subject you might have would be commissioned to help hold the cam, you’d be forced to only take landscape shots, and who likes those? Now you have a 2 megapixel landscape :|

To be honest, I would love a chance to play around with one of these! (that sentence implies that there’s more than one in existence which I cannot be certain of)

ps. the interview with Steven is done by David Friedman who interviews inventors and, because of that, is totally boss :)