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Kids Guide To Communication Innovations: From The Printing Press- The Laptop Computer

Kids Guide To Communication Innovations: From The Printing Press- The Laptop Computer

Technology has come a long way throughout the years. Today, as technology continues to expand, the boundaries are just limitless for what will still come in the future. Technology has always produced products that have ended up benefitting humanity in some way. Universally, some technological innovations are simply regarded as vital and important. The following will take a look at the printing press, the telegraph, the typewriter, the telephone, the television and the laptop computer.

Printing Press

A device used to apply pressure onto a surface that has been inked and rests on a printing medium, the printing press was invented approximately in 1440. It was the invention of Johannes Gutenberg, a German who was a goldsmith. Gutenberg’s invention was based upon existing screw presses and perfected the process of printing in all of its stages. His printing press also sparked new inventions, such as the hand mold that enabled the rapid and the precise creation of large quantities of movable, metal type.

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A telegraph is a machine that was invented to receive and send messages over distances that were considerable. A telegraph can be both electrical as well as non-electrical. Claude Chappe invented the non-electrical telegraph back in 1794, which was visual, utilized semaphore and relied on a line of sight to communicate. The earliest form of electrical telegraph was invented by Samuel Soemmering in Bavaria. Harrison Dyar is credited with being the inventor of the first telegraph in America, when he sent electrical sparks by way of paper tape that was chemically treated.

? Picture of a Telegraph

? The Telegraph’s History

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? All About Telegraphs

? The Invention of the Telegraph


An electromechanical or mechanical device, a typewriter features keys that print characters on a medium such as paper, when pressed. The history of the typewriter is tricky, as estimates by historians assert that some version of typewriter was invented about 52 times as innovators struggled to come up with a workable design. For example, going back to 1714, Henry Mill got a patent in England for a device that resembled a typewriter. In Italy in 1808, Pellegrino Turri credited with inventing a typewriter, too. William Austin Burt’s “typographer” was invented in 1829, and it is actually cited as the “first typewriter.”

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A telecommunication device, a telephone features the ability to both receive and transmit sound. It is termed a point-to-point communication device, which allows two persons kept apart by a long distance to talk to one another. As with the typewriter, numerous inventors made material contributions to the telephone’s ultimate invention. People like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Elisha Gray, Johann Phillip Reis, Antonio Meucci and Innocenzo Manzetti all contributed to the field of wire-based voice transmission. The only undisputed fact is that Bell was the first to be given a patent for the electronic phone thanks to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1876.

? The Telephone and Bell

? History of the Telephone

? Invention of the Telephone

? Telephone’s Earlier History

? The Telephone and its History


A telecommunication medium, television receives and transmits moving images that have sound and are either color or black-and-white. As with both the telephone and the typewriter, no one person can be directly credited with the invention of the television. Rather, the invention of the television was the result of the combined efforts and breakthroughs of many inventors and pioneers over a number of years. The history of television begins with electromechanical television in the late 19th century, which included transmitting, scanning and reproducing images. This moved into all-electronic and broadcast television by the middle part of the 20th century.

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Laptop Computer

A laptop computer can also be called a notebook, and it is a personal computer reserved for mobile utilization. Many of the usual parts of a desktop computer are included in a laptop, features like a keyboard, a display, a touchpad (mouse) and speakers. Alan Kay’s paper in 1968 first imagined the concept of a mobile computer, and his paper of 1972 described a laptop computer as the Dynabook. Alan Kay was a pioneering American computer scientist who was born in 1940. Throughout the years, various iterations of a laptop computer were produced, including IBM’s 5100, the Osborne 1 and the Epson HX-20 to name a few.

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Communication innovations have been around for as long as technology has been around. Each time that mankind is on track for a new innovation, there are always brilliant thinkers and inventors who either pioneer a new idea or tinker with it to make improvements. Communication has been around as long as mankind has been on the planet, but with the recent explosion in technology, more and more communication innovations are being produced every decade. Whether it was the telegraph in the 19th century, television in the 20th century, or social media on the Internet in the 21st century, communication innovations will continue into the future.