The History Of The Modern Monitor

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The History of the Modern Monitor

What is a monitor? I myself, once thought of the monitor as merely an object sitting on my desk, displaying information from my computer. I never gave a second thought about a monitor’s appearance or how a monitor worked in the first place. After reading through various books and articles, I have now obtained a different outlook on the subject; what I once saw as a simple desktop monitor, I now see as a magnificent invention people often overlook. From cathode ray tubes (CRT’s) to organic light-emitting diodes (OLED’s), the modern monitor has undergone many technological innovations to reach its current status (“History of Monitor Displays”). As a result of the monitor’s rapid success, the average American household is now home to a wide variety of monitors: laptop monitors, desktop monitors, and several television monitors. How did it all begin? The very first monitor consisted only of lightbulbs that blinked when information was being transferred from a computer. This technology allowed the scientist to depict information being read by a computer (Edwards 2). Digital displays didn’t make their first appearance till the 1920s; using the cathode ray technology pioneered by Sir William Crooke in 1878, Kenjiro Takayamagi made images appear on a screen, known as the first black and white television. The development of CVTs as computer monitors didn’t happen till color television was developed after World War II. People wanted to use…

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