TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF VIDEO TECHNOLOGY By: William Jordan
TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF
By: William Jordan
• The first pinhole camera (also called the
Camera Obscura) was invented by
Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham).
Pocket watch invented by Peter Henlein
Dutchmen, Zacharias Janssen invents the
by Hans Lippershey
Bell invents telephone
Thomas Edison patents motion picture
The earliest identified flat disc record was made by
Sumner Tainter on November 8th, 1881 and is in
the Smithsonian Institution collection. This record was
made before there was even a practical device to play back
a disc recording. The playback mechanisms tested had a
tendency to destroy the wax grooves due to the tangential
force that was not a problem in Edison's cylinder system.
This disc uses lateral or zigzag grooves in contrast to the
hill-and-dale grooves of the Edison cylinder
• Heinrich Rudolph Hertz produces radio waves
The first television camera
employed early versions of
the cathode ray tube invented
in 1897. The RCA Company
led production of early video
production equipment in the
United States and invented
the first handheld mobile
video production camera, the
TK-44, in 1972.
• First mass-marketed camera – the
Brownie � was presented by Eastman. It
was on sale until 1960s.
1927(04/07) An image of Commerce
Secretary Herbert Hoover is transmitted in the
first successful long distance demonstration of
• Television is introduced in the United States
• NBC's first television station, WZXBS, goes
on the air.
The first transistor was invented at Bell
Laboratories on December 16, 1947 by
William Shockley (seated at Brattain's
laboratory bench), John Bardeen (left) and
Walter Brattain (right). This was perhaps
the most important electronics event of the
20th century, as it later made possible the
integrated circuit and microprocessor that
are the basis of modern electronics.
• The Virginian is the first TV show to use
Native American characters.
• Paul Nipkow patents the "electric telescope."
• Fuji introduced the disposable camera.
The inventors also call this device “singleuse cameras”.
(08/06) The World Wide Web debuts as as a
publicly available service on the Internet. Tim
Berners-Lee, who builds all of the tools
necessary for a working Web, posts a short
summary of the project: "The WorldWideWeb
(WWW) project aims to allow all links to be
made to any information anywhere... The
WWW project was started to allow high energy
physicists to share data, news, and
documentation. We are very interested in
spreading the web to other areas, and having
gateway servers for other data. Collaborators
The first DV camcorder was the Sony DCRVX1000, introduced in 1995. The camera
featured a 3-CCD imaging device for
unprecedented video quality in a home video
The first video of YouTube was 'Me at
Zoo' which was uploaded in April 2005.