Geek Facts for October 18th – The Wizard of Menlo Park and a Transistor Radio


In 1931, U.S. inventor Thomas Edison died.

The most prolific inventor in U.S. history, he registered 1,093 U.S. patents over the course of his lifetime.

Learn more at http://www.thomasedison.com/biography.html.

 

 

 

 

In 1954, 
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the first transistor radio, the Regency TR-1.

The Regency TR-1 was the first commercially sold transistor radio. Designed and manufactured in the U.S., over the course of the next year it sold over 100,000 units at a price of $49.99.

Learn more at http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/company/history/timeline/semicon/1950/docs/54regency.htm.

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