Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Brief History of Television

It’s fair to say that one of man’s greatest inventions is the television. It has evolved significantly throughout its history, and today it is a must-have in every modern home. Television does not only provide entertainment for people but is also used as an important means of communication and information resource.

The origin of the television can be traced back to people experimenting with radio and electricity. This led to the development of very basic technology and ideas that formed the building blocks to the invention of the television.

The very first mechanical module of television was built by a German student known as Paul Nipkow in the 1800s. His road to success began when he managed to send pictures through the wires with the simple assistance of a rotating metal disk. This invention was dubbed the electric telescope which comprised of only 18 resolution lines.

Crica 1907, two individuals, one from Russia, Boris Rosing, and one from England, A. A. Campbell Swinton, made use of the cathode ray tube alongside the mechanical module system. This integration created a revolutionary system of television. The outcome of the experiments conducted led to the creation of two different types of television systems: the mechanical TV and the electronic TV.

The History of Mechanical TV

Charles Jenkin
The very first mechanical television system that came to practical use was invented by Charles Jenkin in 1923. He developed the idea from Nipkow and made various adjustments and developments. In 1931 he accomplished hundreds of sales of his Radioviser Model 100.
During the year 1926, a couple of years after Jenkins’ success in 1923, John Baird, a British inventor, was the very first individual who succeeded in the transmission of moving images through Nipkow’s creation of the mechanical system. John Baird pushed the possibilities of television by creating the very first TV studio in the world.

Despite the great advancements in mechanical TV, the electronic TV system superseded it by 1934. In fact, the electronic system is the basic foundation of TV we use today.

The History of Electronic TV

Despite Swinton’s success in discovering the possibilities of the electronic television system, it never saw the light of practical application in the real world. Only until 1927 did Philo Farnsworth invent an operational model of the electronic TV that worked. Credit must be given to Swinton as the ideas were integrated and advanced into a working model.

Philo’s experiments started from a very young age of being only 14 years old. His creativity and interest in electronic television sparked success when he reached the age of 21 with the creation of the very first electronic TV system in the world. This creation moved away from the use of rotating disks or other similar components that had been used in mechanical televisions. As a result the beginning of the foundation of television as we know of it today was born.

The early television systems were all in black and white with the introduction of colour not happening until much later on with the improved technology of antenna systems and reception towers to boost the viewing experience.

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