Steve Sasson invented the digital camera in 1975 while working as an electrical engineer at Eastman Kodak Company. Today he joins 10 other honorees to be inducted into the Consumer Electronics (CE) Hall of Fame.
While at Kodak, Sasson accepted the challenge of building a camera using solid state electronics, solid state imagers and an electronic sensor known as a charged coupled device (CCD) that gathers optical information. In 1978, he and his supervisor, Gareth A. Lloyd, were issued a U.S. patent for the first digital camera.
The inventor says, â€œThe thing to remember about the digital revolution in photography is that it changed how we take pictures. The most important aspect of photography, why we take pictures, remains the same.â€
The other 2007 CE Hall of Famers are: Dr. Amar Bose, founder of Bose Corp.; Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft; John McDonald, former president of Casio USA; retailers Richard M. “Dick” Schulze, founder and chairman of Best Buy and William Crutchfield, founder of Crutchfield Corp.; the late attorney James Edward Day, who represented the consumer electronics industry in the landmark Betamax case; the team of Karlheinz Brandenberg, Dr. Dieter Seitzer and Dr. Heinz Gerhauser who oversaw the development of the MP3 digital music format at the Fraunhofer Institute in Erlangen, Germany; and the late Art Weinberg, a journalist who reported on the industry.
They will be formally inducted at the association’s annual awards dinner, held in conjunction with CEA’s Industry Forum on October 14-17, 2007 in San Diego, California.