How Were Photos Transmitted Before The Internet?

The simplicity of sending your favourite JPEG is as easy as one or two clicks, but in a world before the Internet, yes there really was a whole globe that was not connected in cyber space, how did they send photos to each other?

Below is the answer, the United Press International UPI Model 16-S, scanned black and white photos and sent them across the globe via phone lines. This archaic yet interesting device was used by various news outlets from the 1970s to the first half of the 1990s. The way this machine worked was to slowly scan a black and white photo which spun on a small drum using a laser, before the analogue data was sent line by line over phone lines. This was sort of high-speed Internet of the 1970s.

This process was time-consuming considering it took around nine minutes to send a black and white photo. This sounds incredibly long, but this was considered a lot quicker than when colour images were introduced taking the time to send each image to around 26 minutes.

These types of first generation tech should be preserved for the future, they may not have been hi tech considering today’s super fast connections, but the learning opportunities which exist within them are perfect to inspire budding inventors and students alike. It’s amazing to think how tech has involved within a relativity short period of time to enable images to be uploaded and sent in a matter of seconds. Just imagine how the likes of Facebook and Flickr would have operated without the option to send photos from across the world to friends and family quickly and reliably.

As a society, we take tech for granted and it always places life’s invents into perspective considering 25 years ago this machine was considered revolutionary.

Thank you petapixel for providing us with this information

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Drones to Take 80 Megapixel Photos Soon

PhaseOne announced today that it has developed the world’s smallest 80-megapixel medium format camera that is designed specifically for aerial photography.  The iXU 180 is a high-end low profile camera that weighs two pounds without a needed lens.

The camera has a tiny size, with a 3.8″x3.6″x4.3″ body that is gyro-mountable for steady shots.  With the camera and lens coming in at over three pounds it will take a decently powerful drone to serve as a base for using this camera. Along with the 80 megapixel version there will be two different 60 megapixel versions coming out, a black and white model and a color model.  The camera will start to ship in mid-April, but currently there is no word on pricing.

Source: Gizmodo

Black and White MSI GeForce GTX 970 on the Way

MSI continues to tease us with beautiful hardware, this time around a black and white themed Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Krait Edition graphics card. One to match the gorgeous Krait Z97 and X99 motherboards.

There are a lot of people out there who are tired of the same old colour schemes used for PC builds, and it’s time for a change. Black and white is a very simple combination, but one that works great and allows for a lot of flexibility with parts – as a lot is black already. Users have been very enthusiastic about the motherboards and it will be no different with the graphics card.

While nothing more has been announced at this time, I think it’s a safe bet that we’ll see a lot more black and white Kraid Edition items from the house of MSI.

Thanks to MSI for providing us with this information

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MSI Releases Black & White X99S SLI Krait Edition

Everyone loved the MSI Z97 Krait Edition motherboard and they wanted more in the same colour combination. MSI listened to this and have created the MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition motherboard to supplement the black and white lineup. It looks great and offers reliable and fast components, and comes with both Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire support.

The new Krait Edition motherboard features Audio boost to deliver the highest audio quality to the user. The complete audio circuitry is isolated to prevent inference and it comes with a 600Ω headphone amplifier. It features golden audio jacks for the best signal possible and an EMI shielded audio codec.

There are plenty of storage options and the Krait X99S features the latest SATA Express and Turbo M.2 with up to 10Mbit/s transfer rates. The new board also features a 12 phase PWM and bigger heatsinks.

MSI Guard-Pro is a new protection system that also reduces the power consumption. ECO power can reduce the power consumption with up to 29% while circuit protection, ESD and EMI protections reduce interference and disruptions of the components. The entire motherboard also features the Military Class 4 standard for humidity and temperature protection.

No word on pricing or availability yet, but we will keep you updated on that.

Thanks to MSI for providing us with this information

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Ever Wondered What Modern Games Look Like on a 1973 TV?

To be honest, I haven’t wondered too much what modern games look like on a TV from the 70’s as it was only a few years back that I was enjoying my friends eye melting radiation machine of a TV churn its way through a few games when I visited him, but here we have someone trying out newer games on a slightly older TV… so let’s take a look.

Watch Dogs, Grand Theft Auto V, Saints Row 4, Soul Calibur V fired up on an Xbox 360, then fired through a 1973 black and white TV. Some games like Saints Row IV worked just fine, but there were blatant resolution problems with both Watch Dogts and GTA V.

So in the name of entertainment, erm I mean science, lets take a look at the test footage.

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Thank you Gamepur for providing us with this information.

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