First computer – graphics movie from 1963

The IBM 701 was the first computer build by IBM

Here we will take a walk down digital history as we talk about the first computer ever build. It is hard to imagine a world without computers nowadays. If they are being used for; accounting, customer data bases for businesses, government insight into our personal lives or…. playing Hello Kitty Island Adventures, everyone uses them. In fact… surveys show that the average person now spends between 4-to 6 hours a day behind a computer.

The IBM 701 was the first computer build by IBM

This 1954 photo shows IBM manager Herbert Grosch explaining the 701 to Ronald Reagan.

It is quite amazing how computers have had such a big impact on our lives in such a short time-span and how fast the technology has evolved. While people are currently walking around with phones in their pockets that are as powerful as a NASA supercomputer from ten years ago- I thought it would be interesting to look back on how it all started and present to you the first ever computer graphics movie- dating back from 1963!  In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, The first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5MB of  data. Now that will make you appreciate your flash USB drive more.,doesn’t it? So what could this behemoth of a computer do?…. Keep reading to find out!

This short video was created by Edward Zajac and is the first computer graphics film ever made! It describes how a satelite would move through space and was designed on an IBM 7090 series computer using calculations that had to be input via punchcards and printing the output on film. Pretty impressive for the year 1963 huh?! Edward Zajac spent 30 years working at Bell Labs from 1954 to 1983, then worked as a professor, specializing in the economics of communications and telecommunications before passing away last year. For more information, check out the AT&T Archives.


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