Here’s someone we all should appreciate. President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Technology back in November, 2010. Steven Sasson invented the digital camera while working at Kodak and is also credited with taking the very first digital picture back in 1975.
He must have really toiled away - having to make everything from scratch, including the circuitry. The prototype was an an 8-pound, toaster-size contraption. A black-and-white image, captured at a resolution of .01 megapixels (10,000 pixels), took 23 seconds to record onto a digital cassette tape and another 23 seconds to read off a playback unit onto a television – and it was a blurry mess at best. I’m sure when he showed this thing to people there was a lot of eye-rolling and maybe even some laughter.
The guy must have had some real vision. Imagine inventing something where at the start you figured it would take around fifteen to twenty years just for the technology to even be acceptable in the market place. So glad he did it!