Kodak's 1975 Digital Camera

pickens writes “The NY Times reports on a digital camera put together at Kodak’s Elmgrove Plant labs in Rochester, NY during the winter of 1975 from a mishmash of lenses and computer parts and an old Super 8 movie camera that took 23 seconds to record a single digital image to its cassette deck and using a customized reader could display the image on an old black and white television. Called ‘Film-less Photography,’ it took a ‘year of piecing together a bunch of new technology’ to create the camera which ran off ‘sixteen nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter.’ When the team of technicians presented the camera to Kodak audiences they heard a barrage of curious questions including — ‘Why would anyone ever want to view his or her pictures on a TV?'”

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