Imagine you are an inventor and you just came up with something really cool and revolutionary. Now imagine the terrible feeling of being snubbed by your own bosses who never embraced your vision until it was too late.
Sounds like the perfect time to say “I told you so,” right? Well, that’s exactly what Steven Sasson, a 24-year-old engineer who used to work at Eastman Kodak.
It’s really strange that his name doesn’t ring any bells for most but frankly, he should be very popular these days. Besides, this guy invented digital photography and created the first ever digital camera in the world back in 1975.
In 1973, Steven Sasson was hired by Kodak to work on a project.
Shortly after being hired, he was tasked to work of a project which is to find practical use for a charged coupled device (C.C.D.).
As Sasson described his working condition:
“Hardly anybody knew I was working on this, because it wasn’t that big of a project. It wasn’t secret. It was just a project to keep me from getting into trouble doing something else, I guess.”
After a lot of work, Sasson eventually invented digitalization or the process that allows taking photos with the use of phones, sending images to any location in seconds, and sharing them with multiple users very easily – the exact process now being widely used across the world today.
Before iPhones and Instagrams, there was Steven Sasson’s digital camera,
After a lot of work, Sasson finished a Rude Goldberg device with a Super-8 movie camera lens combined with digital cassette recorder, 16 nickel cadmium batteries, and an analog to digital converter.
Sure, it looks weird by today’s standards but you have to remember that this digital camera preceded the first Apple computer kit which was only made available to the public the following year.
Sasson said about his invention:
“This was more than just a camera. It was a photographic system to demonstrate the idea of an all-electronic camera that didn’t use film and didn’t use paper, and no consumables at all in the capturing and display of still photographic images.”
Sadly, no one at Kodak was enthusiastic about it. Besides, films were selling like hotcake back in the days. Kodak was making big bucks out of their existing process and so it didn’t make sense why they should replace it with new unfamiliar technology.
Why indeed would they do that?
Tutankhamun Was Mummified with Fully Erect Manhood So He’ll Look Like a God in Afterlife
An Egyptology expert believes that King Tut was buried with an everlasting erection to make him look like the god of afterlife, Osiris.
Tutankhamun, the world’s most famous mummy, is believed to have been buried with his “penis standing at a 90 degree angle”.
Salima Ikram, an Egyptology expert and a professor at the American University in Cairo, claims that King Tut was buried with an everlasting erection to make him look like the god of afterlife, Osiris.
Professor Ikram explains that the Egyptian pharaoh’s unusual choice was an attempt to reverse efforts by his father King Akhenaten to create a religion of one god. While Akhenaten focused on the worship of sun disc Aten, Tutankhamun wanted Egypt to follow the traditional worship of many gods....
Instead of Missiles and Bombs, This War Plane Drops Chocolates and Candies to Spread Happiness
Known as the Candy Bomber, Gail Halvorsen has got to be one of the most decent human beings.
Kindness can come from many places – they can even fall from the sky. This heartwarming story is about Gail Halvorsen, a World War II veteran who, during his career as a pilot, was assigned to Germany.
A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Halvorsen was featured on the faith’s Meet the Mormons documentary. In his interview, he revealed that staying in Berlin had a huge impact on him as a person. He said he will “never forget” his first time in the area when he had the chance to chat with around 30 German children on the other side of a barb-wired fence.
On his first day in Berlin, he talked with the kids for more than an hour, telling them “don’t worry, we won’t give up on you.”
Scientists Uncover a Baffling Mystery About The Easter Island Heads
What an awesome discovery!
In 2012, the world was surprised to discover that the famous ancient carved stone heads in Easter Island actually have bodies.
Although scientists were aware of this since the earliest excavations in 1914, people only became aware of the bodies when photos of the excavation projects led by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project, went viral online. Local Rapa Nui people helped the team excavate the monoliths.