Posts Tagged 'telephony'

Telharmonium – The 1st. Music Streaming Service, 100 Years Ago


From Engadget –

In 1897, Cahill received a patent for his “Art of and Apparatus for Generating and Distributing Music Electrically,” and soon found investors for his “Telharmonium” project.

The Telharmonium arrived nearly a century before services like Pandora and SiriusXM began streaming music to homes and devices and almost a decade before radio hit the airwaves all around the world.

Continue reading HERE.


The Keypad On Your Phone Could Have Been Very Different

keylayoutAccording to Gizmodo –

The year was 1960, and phones were changing. It was the beginning of the end for rotary dialing, and buttons were the future. But engineers faced an important, looming question: what order do you put those buttons in? Turns out there were a lot of options. Before ultimately settling on the layout we know and love today, the brainiacs at Bell Labs ran tests with hundreds of dialers, keeping close watch on what layouts were the speediest, most accurate, and most preferred.

Apparently, the ultimate deciding factor was the ease and efficiency of manufacturing.

Continue reading and view a video HERE


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