Throwback Tech Thursdays

The first ventilation system was invented by Philip Drinker and Louis Agassiz Shaw, at Boston University, in 1928. These ventilation systems were commonly used in anaesthesia.
Optical Fiber
Charles Kuen Kao is known as the Father of fiber optic communications for his 1960 discovery of physical properties of glass.
The combine harvester was invented in 1834 by Hiram Moore. It incorporated a reciprocating sickle to cut the stalks, a reel to push the grain onto the platform.
The first global smartphone was created by IBM in 1992 and released for purchase in 1994. It was called the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC).
The use of Daytime Running Light (DRL) dates back to the 1960s when the Greyhound Bus Company in Texas began a campaign to enable people to use daytime headlights.
The sphygmomanometer was invented in 1881 by the Austrian physician Samuel Siegfried Karl Ritter von Basch. It was a rubber bulb filled with water to restrain blood flow to the artery.
The light pen was first developed in the early 1950s by Robert R. Everett as a part of the whirlwind project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
3.5 mm Aux Jack
Today, every mobile phone has a slot for a 3.5 mm auxiliary jack. It is a 19th-century idea for a miniaturised version of quarter-inch jack that goes back to 1878.
Vacuum Cleaner
The invention of a modern-day vacuum cleaner has come a long way and the mechanical cleaner was Daniel Hess, an Iowa based inventor of carpet sweeper in 1860.
Plasma cutting - a process in which electrically conductive materials are cut using an accelerated jet of hot plasma - was first developed and patented by Union Carbide in 1957.
Nikola Tesla is said to have created the world’s first wireless remote controls, which he unveiled at Madison Square in New York City in 1898.
Steering Wheel
Karl Benz, credited with the invention of the first automobile, used the tiller which is a device used on sailboats for direction on his Benz Motorwagen.
In today’s world, over 2.5 billion people use at least one messaging app. Instant messaging dates back to the 1980s, when Compuserve released CB Simulator to the public.
The Universal Serial Bus, most commonly known as USB, was co-invented by an Indian-born American developer, Ajay Bhatt in 1995.
Electric Cooker
Today, all of us known of Sony as a multinational technology conglomerate. In 1945, soon after World War II, Sony produced its first-ever product as an electric rice cooker.
Punched cards, are paper cards that store the digital information represented by the presence or absence of holes in predefined positions used in 19th C for data processing.
The Automobile
The automobile has been one of the most marvelous inventions. The first Automobile with an engine was invented by a German inventor Karl Benz in 1886.
A hydraulic press has made compressing heavy metals significantly easier. An English inventor Joseph Bramah is the individual credited with inventing the hydraulic press in 1790s
The video game console invention was made much with Magnavox, which had licensed Odyssey from Ralph Baer, an engineer who had received patent for designing game box.
The Ethernet laid the foundation of modern day networking communications. The man credited with inventing the Ethernet is Robert Metcalfe.
The precedence of RFID technology can be traced back to World War II where a similar technology was used in radars to identify enemy aircraft from afar.
Immigrant German Inventor Emile Berliner is the man credited with inventing and patenting the record player that recorded music on flat disks instead of cylinders.
The 19th century saw the invention of typewriter by Christopher Sholes. In 1864, he partnered with Samuel Soule and created a page numbering machine. patented in 1864.
The man who brought entertainment to our living rooms was Mr. John Logie Baird. He is best remembered for inventing the mechanical television system in the 1920s.
Robert Moog crafted electronic music synthesizer that revolutionized rock, electronica, pop, and experimental music in the late 1960s and early 70s.
The IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit was developed by Reynold Johnson and his team in 1954, at the IBM R&D laboratory in San Jose, California.
Elevators might seem like a recent invention, but equipment used to lift heavy materials has been around for a while. In 1852, Elisha Graves Otis invented the elevator.
Refrigerators have become an essential piece of electrical appliance in every home. The refrigerator was invented by Thomas Moore in 1802.
Thomas Savery, an English inventor and engineer, is credited with inventing and patenting the first steam engine in 1698, used to pump water from mines.
Before the outbreak of World War 2, Nazi Germany had the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, named Messerschmitt Me 262.
In 1984, well-known Japanese watchmaker Seiko introduced the Seiko UC-2000 a wristwatch wearable computer, a device way ahead of its time.
Nathaniel Baldwin, a fundamentalist Mormon, and an engineer is credited with inventing the first pair of audio headphones for the public, on his kitchen table in 1910.
Polaroid photography started its journey way back in 1947 when the first Polaroid camera was introduced as Land Camera, named after its inventor Edwin Herbert Land.
The cost of an Elliott 405 in 1957 was between £50,000 and £125,000, depending upon configuration, and an additional installation cost of about £85,000.
In the 12th century, the Chinese and Europeans discovered that a piece of lodestone when floated on a stick in water, aligned itself in the north-south direction.
Dr. N.S. Kapany played a major role in the research on fiber optics back in the 1950s, making him the first person to come up with this concept.
William Friese-Greene's fascination towards Biophantic Lanterns made him create his own camera using celluloid as a medium to display pictures in 1889.
Today, there are so many people enjoying the facility of video calling, but very few people know that AT&T Bell Labs was already trying to create a similar technology back in the 1930s.
In this week, ThrowbackTech Thursdays (T3), we present a picture of P.C. Mahalanobis receiving the Mayor-of-Paris Award for exemplary work in Statistics, in 1963.
The vision of Martin Cooper has changed the game of telecommunications technology, as it has been evolving ever since DynaTAC release in 1973.
Its conception can be traced back to the 1970s. The first 3D printing attempt can be credited to Dr. Kodama, for the development of a rapid prototyping technique in 1981.
Journey of the touch screen is, one of evolution, that germinated in the portals of the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) in the year 1971.
Orbiting earth in a Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961, Yuri Gagarin, an air force pilot from USSR became the first human in the world to cross the outer space
Before the invention of the radar, Acoustic Location was used to pick up noise of the engines for the passive detection of approaching aircraft.
Ford in the early 1960s considered the idea of creating a speedier and lighter version of the T-Bird which later came to be known as the famous Mustang.
The 1957 outbreak of H2N2 was the most contagious virus that killed 2 million people - and Maurice Ralph Hilleman, an American microbiologist, discovered the vaccine to the same
The great mastermind behind the invention of cut, copy & paste functions - that made life easier was a New-York based computer scientist named Lawrence Gordon Tesler.
As we look back at the greatest inventions of all time, one generally comes across the creation of Telstar 1, the first communication satellite that was launched on July 10, 1962.
In this week T3 we present a picture of an astronaut named John Creighton posing with a GRiD Compass aboard a space shuttle discovery mission in 1985.
One of the most interesting facts about the year 1900 is the creation of the world largest camera which was built by a Chicago camera builder named J. A. Anderson.
Pictured here is the first geostationary experimental communication satellite satellite launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) called Appleâ.
Wiliam Bradford Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain were inventors of the transistor, which enabled the invention of mobile phones, televisions, and computers.
The name most closely associated with the invention of wireless telegraphy what we now know simply as the radio is Guglielmo Marconi.