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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Entertainment Technology (Imaging Devices)

The first device that we today would consider entertainment technology arrived in 1839 to the public. This device allowed for the capturing of light onto a photo-sensitive film which would display the captured image. It was the first camera. Methods of photography were first experimented with by Joseph Niepce. Joseph whom was unable to draw well began working with engravings which were turned transparent onto engraving stones or glass plates coated with a light-sensitive coating of his own make. The experiments, coupled with the new technology of camera obscura eventually led to the invention of photography. In 1878 entertainment technology took an evolutionary path with the first motion picture. A British photographer by the name of Eadweard Muybridge took a series of still photographs of a horse that when viewed in rapid succession gave the illusion of a galloping animal. Thomas Edison in 1889 felt that this was too cumbersome for practical use and therefore soon developed a system based on his wax cylinder for phonographs. Up until 1927, there was no synchronized audio in movies other than what was played live by orchestras and there was certainly no talking. This time period is referred to as the silent film era. However, with the introduction of The Jazz Singer came a new era of motion pictures known as "talkies" which featured synchronized voices and sound effects. Later in the end of the 20th century came yet again another breakthrough in entertainment technology with the invention of the digital camera. This new type of camera used a computer chip to capture and record light rather than photo-sensitive paper. The photos were then stored on flash memory. The advantages to this digital technology over analog was that many more photos could be stored in a smaller space, photos could be viewed immediately, if one did not like a photo you could delete it and free up space, and one could also edit photos easier than the traditional methods. This digital photography eventually led up to digital movies being created using the same method as analog, rapid succession of photos in sequence, only storing them digitally rather than on special film. Digital image technology is now found and used everywhere from mobile phones to the satellites that orbit our planet. Many technologies have come alongside the ones mentioned in this article like 3D pictures and movies. These technologies are all important but the ones mentioned in this article are most likely the most important and without them we would not have the rest. Even today entertainment technology is constantly advancing with the use of higher resolution screens and sensors or the use of larger storage devices. 

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