Article by Mitchell Stephens Few inventions have had as much effect on contemporary American society as television.
Mechanical television The Nipkow disk. This schematic shows the circular paths traced by the holes that may also be square for greater precision.
The area of the disk outlined in black shows the region scanned. Facsimile transmission systems for still photographs pioneered methods of mechanical scanning of images in the early 19th century.
Alexander Bain introduced the facsimile machine between and Frederick Bakewell demonstrated a working laboratory version in As a year-old German university student, Paul Julius Gottlieb Nipkow proposed and patented the Nipkow disk in Although he never built a working model of the system, variations of Nipkow's spinning-disk " image rasterizer " became exceedingly common.
Perskyi's paper reviewed the existing electromechanical technologies, mentioning the work of Nipkow and others.
Fournier in Paris in A matrix of 64 selenium cells, individually wired to a mechanical commutatorserved as an electronic retina. In the receiver, a type of Kerr cell modulated the light and a series of variously angled mirrors attached to the edge of a rotating disc scanned the modulated beam onto the display screen.
A separate circuit regulated synchronization.
The 8x8 pixel resolution in this proof-of-concept demonstration was just sufficient to clearly transmit individual letters of the alphabet. An updated image was transmitted "several times" each second. InBoris Rosing and his student Vladimir Zworykin created a system that used a mechanical mirror-drum scanner to transmit, in Zworykin's words, "very crude images" over wires to the " Braun tube" cathode ray tube or "CRT" in the receiver.
Moving images were not possible because, in the scanner: By the s, when amplification made television practical, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird employed the Nipkow disk in his prototype video systems.
On 25 MarchBaird gave the first public demonstration of televised silhouette images in motion, at Selfridge's Department Store in London. By 26 Januaryhe demonstrated the transmission of the image of a face in motion by radio.
This is widely regarded as the first television demonstration. The subject was Baird's business partner Oliver Hutchinson. Baird's system used the Nipkow disk for both scanning the image and displaying it. A bright light shining through a spinning Nipkow disk set with lenses projected a bright spot of light which swept across the subject.
A Selenium photoelectric tube detected the light reflected from the subject and converted it into a proportional electrical signal. This was transmitted by AM radio waves to a receiver unit, where the video signal was applied to a neon light behind a second Nipkow disk rotating synchronized with the first.
The brightness of the neon lamp was varied in proportion to the brightness of each spot on the image. As each hole in the disk passed by, one scan line of the image was reproduced. Baird's disk had 30 holes, producing an image with only 30 scan lines, just enough to recognize a human face.
Inhe became involved in the first experimental mechanical television service in Germany. Inhe made the first outdoor remote broadcast, of The Derby. Baird's mechanical system reached a peak of lines of resolution on BBC television broadcasts inthough the mechanical system did not scan the televised scene directly.
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