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Look The History of Some First Inventions

some-inventions1 imageFirst Car (1770)

 

The first car, fardier a vapeur, was built by French Army Captain Cugnot way back in 1770. The vehicle, which weighed 2.5 tonnes, had 2 wheels in the rear and 1 in the front. It was a steam-powered vehicle with the front wheel supporting the steam boiler and the driving mechanism. It could seat 4 people and moved at a measly speed of 3.6 km/hr!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some-inventions2 imageFirst Washing Machine (1791)

 

The first English patent under the category of washing machines was issued in 1791. Following the invention of rotating drum washer, the “washing mill” was a large wooden mill with a drum that could accommodate several clothes and a lever that had to be rotated manually. While crude in design, it was a significant milestone as it introduced the idea of “powered” washing drums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some-inventions3 imageFirst bicycle (1817)

 

The first practical bicycle was invented in 1817 by a German civil servant named Baron Karl von Drais. Called Laufmaschine (German for “running machine”), it was a two-wheeled, steerable vehicle with no pedals and had to be propelled by the riders. After reading about the first car above, you’d notice that cars were indeed invented before bicycles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some-inventions4 imageFirst animated cartoon film (1908)

 

Fantasmagorie is a 1908 French animated film by Emile Cohl and is considered by film historians to be the first animated cartoon. The film was created by drawing each frame on paper and then shooting each frame onto negative film. He had to draw 700 pictures to make the film, which is about 1 minute 20 seconds long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some-inventions5 imageFirst TV Demonstration (1925)

 

On March 25, 1925 a Scottish inventor named John Logie Baird gave the first demo of televised images in motion. Since human faces had low contrast to be televised by his primitive device, he used a ventriloquist’s dummies- “James” and “Stooky Bill”, which had higher contrast and televised them talking and moving. A few months later, he demonstrated the transmission of an image of a face in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some-inventions6 imageFirst electronic general-purpose computer (1946)

 

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), built in 1946, was the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer. It was built at the University of Pennsylvania and costed about $487,000 (that’s about $6.8 million today!). It weighed about 27 tonnes and contained about 7,200 diodes, 10,000 capacitors, 17,468 vacuum tubes and 70,000 resistors! It required a large room and several people to operate the computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some-inventions7 imageFirst mobile phone (1973)

 

The first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by a team led by Martin Cooper at Motorola in 1973.  The phone (named DynaTAC) weighed about 1.1 kg (majority of which was the weight of the battery), had a talk time of barely 20-30 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge! It was dubbed as “the brick or “the shoe” phone and was instrumental in sparking subsequent development to give us the smartphones we have today.

 

 

 

 

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