Take a Peek at Kodak's First Digital Camera - Built in 1975
"In December of 1975, after a year of piecing together a bunch of new technology in a back lab at the Elmgrove Plant in Rochester, we were ready to try it," writes inventor Steve Sasson. The "it" that he's referring to is the world's first digital camera.
It's far from compact and doesn't even come close to being sleek looking, but the strange collection of circuit boards and sensors revolutionized the industry. Kodak's camera recorded the image onto a tape, which could then play back the image in a custom viewing device.
There were plenty of problems and of course, endless questions about just how the device would work. Kodak moved forward with it though, and was granted a patent for the digital camera back in 1978.
Sasson writes on Kodak's website that while everyone on the project was excited about the possibilities, they never expected what's happened since. "It is funny now to look back on this project and realize that we were not really thinking of this as the world's first digital camera. We were looking at it as a distant possibility."