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Kodak's 1975 Digital Camera

Todays (28-08-10) copy of Slashdot contained this gem:

Kodak’s 1975 Digital Camera
from the hardly-any-megapixels-a’tall dept.
posted by timothy on Saturday August 28, @05:20 (Input Devices)

pickens writes “The NY Times reports on a digital camera put together at
Kodak’s Elmgrove Plant labs in Rochester, NY during the winter of 1975
from a 0mishmash of lenses and computer parts and an old Super 8 movie
camera that took 23 seconds to record a single digital image to its
cassette deck and using a customized reader could display the image on an
old black and white television. Called ‘Film-less Photography,’ it took a
‘year of piecing together a bunch of new technology’ to create the camera
which ran off ‘sixteen nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental
new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation
stolen from a digital voltmeter.’ When the team of technicians presented
the camera to Kodak audiences they heard a barrage of curious questions
including ‘Why would anyone ever want to view his or her pictures on a

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