[Tig] A look back at how digital photography started...

Joey D'Anna joeydanna at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 21:02:05 BST 2015

Bell labs had an amazing history. They are probably the single most important research organization ever formed.

Major inventions like UNIX, the transistor, satellite communication, cellular communication, lasers, and radar have all completely shaped the framework of the modern world.
But the unsung hero that came out of Bell was information theory. They were developing the math that made the information age possible as early as the 1940s.

There's a fantastic book that goes into a lot of detail about Bell's history. If you are at all interested in technology, it’s a must read:

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Recently, Business Insider magazine ran this story:
http://www.businessinsider.com/digital-photography-revolution-2015-4 <http://www.businessinsider.com/digital-photography-revolution-2015-4>

…it reviews the accomplishments of the Bell Labs scientists who invented the CCD, in response to a challenge from their boss, reportedly “in one hour.”  
They won the Nobel Prize.

The Sony Mavica, Apple Quicktake-100, the Kodak-modified Nikon F3 - which was the first DSLR- on which Kodak “didn’t move fast enough…”  and now the Pill Cam.

Bell Labs was also the birthplace of Unix.  The internet would likely have evolved differently, and more slowly, had AT&T Unix (and then Berkeley Unix) not predated it.

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