Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Sony Celebrates 60 Years

Sony TR-55

Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K. was founded on May 7, 1946. They introduced Japan's first transistor radio (above) in 1955 and became Sony Corporation in 1958.  Incidentally, “Sony” is meaningless in Japanese – they took the bold step of creating a name that would exclusively define their brand. [via a gentle reminder at Engadget]

Here are a few of our classic Sony posts:

Introducing the Real Inventor of the Walkman: I labored for years under the mistaken belief that Sony invented the portable personal stereo, culminating in the release of the Walkman in mid-1979. It turns out I was wrong.

Looking Back Fondly At The First Video Format War: The modern battle between HD DVD and the competing Blu-Ray high-definition disc format happened once before in the late 1970s, except back then it was captured on videotape.

Sony CV-2000 Reel-to-Reel Video Recorder:  I rarely go nuts over a gadget, believe it or not. Rest assured that I would be like a kid in a candy store if I had a chance to play with a Sony CV-2000 reel-to-reel home video tape recorder.

Sony 8mm VCR: After JVC's VHS emerged as the clear victor of the bitter war against Sony's Beta, Sony introduced yet another video format hoping to topple the VHS juggernaut.

The First All-Transistor TV: The TV8-301 was Black & White and had just about the coolest Jetsons styling I've ever seen.

Sony VCD Video Player: Since VCD is video material on a regular CD, the media is very low cost, fast to replicate, and more reliable than VHS. These qualities also made VCD's insanely popular with bootleggers.

Wow. I guess we really groove on old Sony gear! Here's hoping their next sixty years are as interesting.


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