Timeline of Computer History

<h2 class="title">Elektro at the World's Fair</h2>

Elektro and Sparko at the 1939 World’s Fair

Elektro at the World's Fair

Built by Westinghouse, the relay-based Elektro robot responds to the rhythm of voice commands and delivers wisecracks pre-recorded on 78 rpm records. It appeared at the World's Fair, and it could move its head and arms… and even "smoked" cigarettes.

<h2 class="title">Hewlett-Packard is founded</h2>

Hewlett and Packard in their garage workshop

Hewlett-Packard is founded

David Packard and Bill Hewlett found their company in a Palo Alto, California garage. Their first product, the HP 200A Audio Oscillator, rapidly became a popular piece of test equipment for engineers. Walt Disney Pictures ordered eight of the 200B model to test recording equipment and speaker systems for the 12 specially equipped theatres that showed the movie “Fantasia” in 1940.

<h2 class="title">Digital Video Disc (DVD)</h2>

DVD cover for Twister, the first commercial DVD release

Digital Video Disc (DVD)

<h2 class="title">MIT - Magnetic core memory</h2>

Jay Forrester holding early core memory plane

MIT - Magnetic core memory

<h2 class="title">CICS is released</h2>

Customer service representatives at A. Leon Capel & Sons

CICS is released