Vintage tech: Fax machines

Scottish inventor Alexander Bain was able to first reproduce graphics using a fax-like technique back in 1846. Through line-by-line scanning of a message written with special ink on a metallic surface, electrical impressions of the original and a telegraph circuit could be used to transmit the information at a distance.

Vintage tech: HP ThinkJet

The birth of commercial inkjet printing can be traced all the way back to 1984, when thermal inkjet technology developed at HP was introduced in a high-quality, low-price personal printer known as the ThinkJet.

Vintage tech: CD-ROM

The CD-ROM (compact disc, read-only-memory) is an adaptation of the CD that is designed to store computer data in the form of text and graphics, as well as hi-fi stereo sound.

Vintage tech: Ericsson R380

The R380 was the first device to be marketed as a ‘smartphone’ after the term was coined in 1997, despite arguments that the Nokia 9000 (released in 1996) and the IBM Simon (released even earlier – in 1994) held the same capabilities.

Vintage tech: Toshiba T3100

The release of the Toshiba T3100 in 1986 struck a fine balance between strong computing power, whilst also being durable and portable – though some may say it wasn’t technically ‘portable’ as it still required an external power source.

Vintage tech: Walkman

Before the iPod, the iconic Walkman ruled the roost. Released in July 1979 by Sony Corp. the Walkman TPS-L2 was a 14 ounce, blue and silver, portable cassette player.


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