Kodak's Sasson to Enter CEA Hall of Fame for Digital Camera|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, October 15, 2007 - 11:03 EDT)
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of Sasson's invention.
Calling his invention of Kodak's first digital camera, "a weird little thing taking place in a back lab," Steven Sasson will be one of 11 inductees into the Consumer Electronics Association's Hall of Fame. Today marks the 32 anniversary of Sasson's invention.
The story in today's Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that the camera weighed eight pounds and was bigger than a shoebox. Sasson admits that if he'd known people were still going to be interested it in years later, "I would have tried to make it prettier."
A number of Kodak engineers and researchers, of whom Sasson was one of the newest, worked on the device for several months before it produced its first digital image in December 1975.
By 1986, "everybody at Kodak knew digital was going to take over the imaging business," according to Tom Abbott, a former Kodak research scientist. "We thought it would take about 20 years. And it has."