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.


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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