September 30, 2021
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timeline about computers
⟶ Updated 9 Nov 2018 ⟶
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The keyboard was the main (and in some cases only) way of interacting with a computer
more advanced typewriters were made, which were technically computers.
the first freely programmable was made (the Z3)
work had begun on the Bombe computer at Bletchley Park, during WW2.
Turing test was created
first game (oxo) was created
first computer keyboard, that allowed the user to enter data into the computer.
In 1963, ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) was born. ASCII
banks had began to introduce the ATM (Automated Teller Machine), that allowed people to interact with a computer and withdraw money from their bank account.
Xerox invented the first laser printer, allowing a new way to print documents.
email was first invented by Ray Tomlinson.
Until 1974, most computers used a command line interface. Whilst there was a display, and you could see things happening, it was all text based.
In 1974, Xerox released the Alto. It was a computer that came with a mouse, and a graphical user interface
In 1980, IBM invented Tangora, a machine that would be able to recognize 20,000 spoken words.
Voice recognition was then introduced into Microsoft Office software in 2002.
voice recognition as we know it (mobile) was introduced by Google in 2008.
In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer
1982 saw the first capacitive touchscreen. Other touch screens had existed before this date, using an overlay that was on top of a screen.
In 1983, Apple released the Lisa, The first personal computer with a graphical user interface
Microsoft would release their first version of Windows much later in 1985.
Also in 1983 saw CD-ROMs become a reality, allowing a new way to store data.
In 1985, Nintendo revolutionised home gaming with the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).
1989 was a good year for portability. Nintendo released the GameBoy, allowing gamers to take their gaming wherever they wanted to.
By 1999, the World Wide Web had truly taken off and many people had it in their home.
Apple were one of the first companies in 1999 selling WiFi routers for home use.
Shortly after Sharp released their phone with a camera, Nokia made this advert in early 2001.
In 2001, Apple released the iPod, which would go on to change the way people listened to music.
Amazon released the Kindle, making eBooks more accessible to the general public.
Apple released the first iPhone.
app store released, the way we interacted with our phones was changed forever.
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