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Ten Japanese Inventions that Changed the World
Japanese are known for inventions
The Japanese are known for their wacky creations. However, they have come up with some inventions that have been pivotal to the evolution of the information technology industry. Listed are the top ten (10) inventions created in Japan that made an impact in technology and the world.
1: Floppy Disks
The floppy disk used to be the choice of media before the introduction of the compact disc and USB pen drives. This once very useful invention was developed by Japanese Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu in 1952 and was large – 8 inches or 200mm in diameter. It was commercialized in 1971 and was adopted by IBM which is probably why is was so popular.
2: The Compact Disc
3: Blue LED
In 1993 Shuji Nakamura invented the blue light emitting diode (LED) lighting which became the catalyst for the development of Blu-ray player.
4: DVD /Blu-ray
The DVD was first developed in 1996 by Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic. About a decade later Sony spearheaded the transition 1080p or Blu-ray format.
5: Sony Walkman
Before the iPod, portable music was carried in cassettes and listened to on the Walkman, invented by Nobutoshi Kihara in 1978. The invention was the standard for portable music for almost 20 years.
6: Digital Camera
Fuji released the first digital camera in 1988. It was the Fujix DS-P1 and came with a 400 kilopixel CCD sensor. It seems pretty ancient by today’s standards.
This popular sing-along invention has become an iconic stereotypical device associated with the Japanese. Drumer Daisuke Inoue invented the device in 1971. Unfortunately, he neglected to patent the device and failed to profit from it.
8: Electronic Calculator
The MD-5 was the first all transistorized calculator unveiled by Sony in 1964 and was capable of 8 digit computations. It
Robotics might sound like 21st century engineering but the Japanese came up with a creation in the 17th century called the Karakuri ningyo. This invention was the first recorded robot and it was a mechanized tea serving device powered by a wound spring.
10: Digital Pets
The digital pet craze which took the world by storm in the mid to late 90s was spear-headed by Tamagotchi. Today there are many variations on the same theme sold at any toy store around the world.
Other Japanese inventions
Arigato! Thank you Japanese inventors
These ten are just some inventions that the Japanese came up with. Some are wacky and have become stereotypical innuendos attached to the people from the ‘land of the rising sun’ like the karaoke and some have been widely forgotten like the tea service device. However, they all became stepping stones for newer, more refined versions.
Technology owes a lot to the Japanese for their inventions.