Digital Camera Inventor: Steven Sasson

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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.

Inventor Portrait: Steven Sasson from David Friedman on Vimeo.

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!

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About Tony Kinard

Digitally Innovative, Obsessively Creative, Fearless Advertising/Marketing Exec. For 16+ years I've had the honor of working with brilliant ad agencies, digital marketing innovators and technology vanguards. It's been amazingly fun and exciting work helping clients to successfully leverage tech innovations and new ideas. From scrappy startups to some of the best known brands in the world, I love the challenges they present. The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some great ideas!

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