Who Invented Television?

Who Invented Television?

Some time ago, I wrote about Philo Farnsworth, a man who played a big role in the development of the television set. That’s when I thought it would be a good idea to complement this article with a history of the creation of television. Now, it’s time to do exactly that.

Who Created Television?

It’s not possible to give just one name to answer this question. The invention of television was a long process, the development of different ideas and the creation of new technology that led to the result we now know.

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Who Invented the Vinyl Record?

Who Invented the Vinyl Record?

A recent article from the Guardian recently stated that, even if the numbers are far behind streaming, obviously, the vinyl sales in the US are up 21.7% for the first half of 2023. They have been growing for a few years now to a really high point. It’s something I don’t really understand as the price is too high for me—I stick to CDs, and if you want to know, I’m not alone as the sales for them don’t decline either. Anyway, reading that led me to a pretty obvious question:

Who created the Vinyl Record?

In the year 1857, a French inventor by the name of Edouard-Leon Scott created a sound recording device known as the Phonautograph. The contraption utilized a vibrating pen to represent sounds on small paper discs graphically. Initially created to understand sound characteristics better, it wasn’t until Thomas Edison’s interest that sound recording truly began.

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Who Invented the Treadmill?

Who Invented the Treadmill?

I recently realized that the first time the superhero The Flash used his famous cosmic treadmill was in a comic book published in 1961. Just a fun fact. The thing is, as I never really gave a thought about the treadmill, I didn’t know how old this apparatus was. This naturally led me to look into…

Who Created the Treadmill?

The history of the treadmill started a long, long, time ago. Around 4000 years ago. Treadmills were power sources in antiquity as they were designed to harness human and animal power for various purposes, primarily lifting heavy loads and grinding grain.

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What Was the First Gaming Console Ever Made?

What Was the First Gaming Console Ever Made?

While researching my article about the first video game, I naturally stumbled upon the history of gaming consoles. Having played with an Atari 2600 as a kid, I’m a bit familiar with the time before Nintendo and Sega, but not to the point of being considered knowledgeable. So, I wanted to change that a little and went on searching…

What Was the First Gaming Console Ever Created?

The answer is the Magnavox Odyssey, but it was not someone working at Magnavox who developed it in the first place.

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Who Invented the Electric Stove?

Who Invented the Electric Stove?

I recently wrote about the invention of the toaster. In this article, I wrote about the toaster coming from the Copeman Electric Stove Company. I realized that I didn’t cover the invention of the electric stove and thought it would be a good companion article. So, here we go.

Who Created the Electric Stove?

From fire to gas, stoves were not a new invention when electricity came into play. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that the concept of electric stoves started to gain traction. Multiple inventors worked on different types of stoves. In fact, the story of the electric stove is mostly one of patents.

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Who Invented the VHS?

Who Invented the VHS?

I recently moved to a new house and, as I’m still unpacking my things, I found my last VHS tapes. One is a documentary about The X-Files (I don’t remember where it came from), and the other is the first season of South Park.

I got rid of the rest a long time ago, replacing my collection with DVDs–and now the DVDs are replaced by Blu-rays. Anyway, a lot was said about the end of the movie-renting business that was born with the VHS boom, but I don’t remember exactly who created the VHS, so I had to look that up.

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Who Invented the LED (the Light-emitting diode)?

Who Invented the LED (the Light-emitting diode)?

I was looking into some lighting for my living room, and I noted that everything is LED now. It’s not new. In fact, it’s been like that for a good minute now, but it still feels like a recent trend. Turns out, this type of “diode” is really far from new.

Who Created the LED?

First, what is an LED, a Light-emitting diode? It is a small device that, when energy flows through it, produces light. Energy-efficient lighting, displays in electronics like TVs and phones, indication lights, auto lights, and other uses are all made possible by it. LEDs are effective, durable, and available in various shapes and sizes.

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Who Invented the Toaster?

Who Invented the Toaster?

This morning, as I waited for my toast to be perfectly made by my recently acquired toaster, I thought about how much less toast I would eat if I had to put them on the stove. I didn’t know who I had to thank for that low-effort breakfast I was preparing half-awake, so I did some research (after finishing eating my toast, of course).

Who Created the Toaster?

Obviously, people were eating toasted bread before the invention of the toaster. They had to! Especially when they didn’t have electricity. However, the toaster was not invented yesterday, but more than a century ago.

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Who Invented the Satellite?

Who Invented the Satellite?

When we are talking about the space race, the Moon, and everything else in the sky, artificial satellites are rarely at the top of the list of subjects highly debated among us, common people. That probably shouldn’t be the case. At least, that’s what I thought the other day when I read the astronomical number of satellites that already surround Earth. It’s not healthy if you want my nonconsequential opinion. But how did that start?

Who Created the Satellite?

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, on October 4, 1957. The Space Age officially began at this crucial point in history, and it also set the stage for decades of scientific discovery and technical development.

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Who Invented Dry cleaning?

Who Invented Dry cleaning?

I’m not very familiar with the process behind dry cleaning, but someone told me the other day that it was a French invention. When I started to dig a little into the subject, I realized it was a bit more complicated, as it is almost always the case when it comes to inventions.

What is Dry cleaning and How It Works?

First of all, as I said, I’m not too familiar with all the processes behind dry cleaning, which led me to believe I may not be alone. So, let’s take a look behind the counter to discover what dry cleaning is and how it works!

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Who Invented the Washing Machine?

Who Invented the Washing Machine?

As I was looking into the articles I wrote on this blog, I stumbled upon the one about the invention of the dishwasher. I was convinced I wrote about the washing machine, but it was not the case. Both are used to washing, but I already got the first (and I don’t use it, but it came with the kitchen), and I really need the second, because the weekly trips to the laundromat are not a fun time. But for now, let’s look into the past with…

Before There Was a Washing Machine

There was a time before the days of modern conveniences when laundry was an arduous and time-consuming task. In ancient times, individuals had to wash their garments by hand, frequently next to a river or stream. Sand, stones, and soap were used to remove stains and grime from the clothes. For example, the Romans constructed public laundries where they utilized fermented human urine, rich in ammonia, to bleach linen. The Gauls employed birch cinders to improve the cleaning process.

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Who Invented the Can Opener?

Who Invented the Can Opener?

When I started this website, my motivation was learning about the inventors behind the great human inventions. I didn’t realize that, basically, everything had to be invented. Some things as innocuous as the can opener didn’t exist for the longest time! In fact, it was created way more recently than I would have expected.

Who Created the Can Opener?

The history of the can opener is connected to the one of canned food, but that’s a subject for another article. For now, we are looking at the history of the opening of those cans, but for context, let’s resume.

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