Feel like you are not getting a clear picture? Join Carver Mead, Gordon & Betty Moore Professor Emeritus, Caltech, and Chairman, Foveon, Inc., as he takes you through the advances in electronic photography.
The first photographic images were obtained in 1727, but it was not until 1837 that a repeatable and useable photographic method was developed. Various schemes were tried over the ensuing century for enabling the monochrome silver-halide technology to produce color images, culminating in the introduction of Kodachrome in 1935.
The first electronic images were captured by vacuum tubes, and more recently by solid-state sensors. Once again, the underlying photosensitive process was basically monochrome, and the efforts to convert it to a color technology show striking parallels with the earlier silver-halide approaches. In 2002, Foveon introduced X3, the first electronic full-color technology, thereby completing the evolution of color-image-sensing.
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