One hour brainstorming session –> Heart behind the Digital Camera

Washington post has a beautiful article on how the heart behind the digital camera – the CCD (charge couple device) was born. Pretty interesting story. Two guys who were afraid that their funding might get cut – do a one hour brainstorming session and come up with the brilliant idea.

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He (boss) called every two or three days, and Boyle and collaborator George E. Smith soon got the idea that their funding might disappear unless they invented something in a hurry. So they did.In a one-hour brainstorming session in late 1969, Boyle and Smith drew up the basic design for a memory chip they called a “charge-coupled device,” more familiarly known as a “CCD.”

Something else that was very funny in the article.

In the late 1980s, Kodak developed the professional “Kodak Digital Camera System,” which debuted — with a 20-megabyte hard disk and a backpack to run the electronics — at the 1991 Super Bowl.

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