Sunday, March 3, 2013


Time for some history. Steven J. Sasson is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of the digital camera in 1975. This first digital camera above recorded a black-and-white image on a digital cassette tape! Commodore modified the cassette tape recorder as well and called it the Datasette. Commodore sold them under the model designations C2N or VIC 1530, designed for use with the VIC-20, C64 and PET and CBM 2000/3000/4000/8000/9000 models.
OK, back to the camera … this 8-pound monster captured the black-and-white image at a resolution of .01 megapixels, took 23 seconds to record onto a digital cassette tape and another 23 seconds to read off a playback unit onto a television. Then it popped up on the screen, yeah!
“You could see the silhouette of her hair,” Sasson said. But her face was a blur of static. She was less than happy with the photograph and left, saying “You need work,” he said. But Sasson already knew the solution: reversing a set of wires, the assistant’s face was restored.
Sasson still works at Eastman Kodak Company and now works to protect the intellectual capital of his employer. Wikipedia writes, “On November 17, 2010, US President Barack Obama awarded Sasson the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. This is the highest honor awarded by the US government to scientists, engineers, and inventors.”

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