What, you ask, is this bizarre, light blue contraption with exposed circuit boards and attached audio cassette? Why, it’s apparently the world’s first digital camera! Back in 1975, Kodak created the “toasted-sized” prototype, which took a whopping 23 seconds to record its data on the cassette tape. ISO50 also points us to a fascinating first-person account of the project by the man who invented the camera.
So, you may be wondering, how did Kodak view the images in the days before convenient home computing? It turns out that it required an even uglier contraption. Take a peek at that machine and the photos it displayed after the jump.