Photographic Data Storage For Computers (Jan, 1948)

This is a pretty crazy way to store data.

Camera Snaps Answers
To speed recording answers in computing machines, Kodak has made a new camera that snaps 1,000 12-digit numbers a second. The numbers are photographed from a cathode-ray tube as spots; retranslated into electrical impulses by photoelectric tubes as desired for feeding back into the computer. Mosaic above is film section enlarged 25 times. A 100-foot strip holds 3,000,000 digits.

  1. Al Bear says: May 23, 20081:07 pm

    Wow! Kodak would have been a leader in digital photography if they would have kept refining this. It’s especially mind-boggling since this was, after all 1948!

  2. Bubba says: October 18, 20158:25 am

    Kodak was a major leader in CCD sensors, which were based upon 1960s Bell Labs technology; they were used in high end applications such as astronomy. Kodak sold their Image Sensor Solutions (ISS) business in 2011, but I think that the new owners kept the Kodak name, at least for a few years.

    It’s too bad that even though they could make high end CCDs, Kodak couldn’t make a decent digital camera.

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