As always on this list, ANY use of the word "first" is subject to
On Wed, 1 Sep 2010, Pontus Pihlgren wrote:
Somewhat offtopic (and old), but interesting. Does the d|i|g|i|t|a|l
cassette mean that it is a DECcassette they are using?
It may very well have been the first digital camera from Kodak, or the
first to meet certain completely arbitrary further restrictions (of
weight, size, power source, image quality, etc.). But it (1975) was most
certainly NOT the first digital camera.
In 1970, I saw a Rube-Goldberg homemade system that used an almost
unmodified Sony video-camera feeding its signal to a digitizer in
the case of a gutted CV series recorder. Is that invalidated because it
was two pieces connected with a cable? When I saw it, the tinkerers were
putting together an interface to a crude fax machine.
(Fax machines have been around a LONG time.)
It is also amusing to note that in spite of this very nice "proof of
concept", a decade later Kodak was betting the company on chemical capture
with digital storage ("photo-CD" and later "picture-CD")
Now, Kodak is phasing out a lot of their chemical products :-(
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com