It’s no secret that big things come in small packages. That’s why it’s so interesting to take a look back at some of the largest and most laughably large first iterations of technology. From floppy disks to the iPhone, these are technologies that revolutionized our world in ways we could never have imagined. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at some of these technologies and how they changed our lives for the better. From music to communication, read on and discover just how these groundbreaking first iterations of technology changed the world.
The Quiz Show
Some of the most hilariously large first iterations of technology were the Space Race, early computers, and the telephone.
The Space Race: Back in the 1950s and 1960s, two countries – the United States and Russia – were vying for supremacy in space. To do this, they needed to build vehicles that could travel farther and faster than their opponents. This led to some crazy innovations, like the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, which was the first artificial satellite ever launched into space. It also created a need for more powerful computers, which led to creation of IBM’s first computer in 1951.
Early Computers: In 1954, John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry developed what is now known as the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC). It was one of the very first electronic computers, but it had a whopping size – it took up an entire room! And while it was impressive at the time, even modern PCs pale in comparison to ABC’s capabilities.
The Telephone: The telephone wasn’t actually invented until 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell – but back then it was insanely huge! For starters, it measured about 6 feet tall and weighed over 100 pounds. And not only did it look massive compared to today’s smartphones and hand phones, but using it was equally as cumbersome. You had to hold down a button on one end of the phone with your left hand while holding down another button on
The Color TV
Technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and there have been a lot of advancements that we take for granted today. However, there were certain early incarnations of technology that were downright hilarious – from large-screen TVs to cassette players to early personal computers. Here are five of the biggest offenders:
1. The Large-Screen TV: In the 1970s and 1980s, televisions were largely limited to relatively small screens. As a result, many people considered large-screen TVs to be absurdly large – even by today’s standards. Consequently, many television manufacturers initially opted for relatively small screens for their new models. Sony was one such company, releasing its first large-screen TV in 1978 – only to quickly back down after realizing just how big it actually was!
2. The Cassette Player: In the late 1970s and early 1980s, cassette tapes were the dominant way people listened to music. Consequently, many manufacturers released cassette players with extremely high capacities – including models with storage capacities of up to 800 hours! Needless to say, this made it difficult for average users to actually fit any meaningful music onto their cassettes!
At first, these computers were incredibly expensive and complex, requiring users to learn how to use a variety of different software programs. Consequently, not many people owned them at first
The most laughably large first iterations of technology have to be the early computers. Or the CDC 6600 computer, which was first created in 1966 and had a processing speed of 6.6MHz!
But by far the biggest technological marvel of all time has got to be the IBM Blue Gene/P system. This machine was first released in 1993 and could reportedly handle 1 million operations per second!