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"Firsts" (record breakers)
in the Electronics Icons™ collection



Some notable pieces are listed here (many more available and we are constantly adding). Refer to the relevant page for the full thematic list. Click on the item name to see a low resolution picture

- One of the first Edison phonograph (USA) = Edison GEM = 1899
- One of the first commercial radios (UK) = Marconiphone V2 = 1922
- One of the first commercial crystal radios (UK) = Marconiphone Crystal Junior = 1922
- An early Telephone (UK) = Candlestick = 1923
- A late spring driven gramophone = J.D.W. Dale / Garrard gramophone = 1936
- The first commercial transistor radio (USA) = Regency TR-1 = 1954
- The first pocket transistor radio ever (USA) = Regency TR-1 = 1954
- The second commercial transistor radio (USA) = Raytheon 8TP-1 = 1955
- The second commercial Sony transistor radio (Japan) = Sony TR-72 = 1955
- The first British "bubble" car (UK) = BMW Isetta = 1957
- The first Japanese shirt pocket transistor radio = Sony TR-63 = 1957
- The smallest (at that point in time) pocket transistor radio (Japan) = Sony TR-610 = 1958
- The first FM transistor radio on the world market (Japan) = Sony TFM-151 = 1958
- The first Short Wave pocket transistor radio (Japan) = Sony TR-714 = 1959
- The first Integrated Circuit radio (Japan) = Sony ICR-100 = 1967
- The first digital clock radio (Japan) = Sony 8FC-59 = 1968
- The first portable direct view transistor TV set (Japan) = Sony TV8-301W = 1961
- The world's smallest mains valve radio (Italy) = Era Gnomo = 1950
- The world's smallest loudspeaker transistor radio (Japan) = Sony ICR-120 = 1969
- The world's thinnest loudspeaker transistor radio (Japan) = Sony ICF-505 = 1989
- One of the last valve radios ever built (Italy) = Europhon RC-59 = 1968
- The German, Italian and British wartime people's sets = 7 pieces = 1939-1944
- The marble microphone as used by Sir Winston Churchill, King George VI, Guglielmo Marconi, Pope Pio XI, Mussolini etc.(UK) = Marconiphone = 1925
- Queen Elisabeth transistor radio (UK) = Roberts M4D = 1940
- Valve radio manufactured to mark Queen Elisabeth Coronation year (UK) = Ultra Coronation set = 1953
- One of the first transistor (the component) made by the Western Electric (USA) = A1729X = c.1950
- One of the first commercially avalable transistor (the component) (USA) = Raytheon CK 722 = 1955
- An early eletromechanical calculator = Comptometer = 1955
- The first electronic desk calculator in the world (UK) = Anita VIII = 1961
- The first "Musicassette" tape recorder = Philips EL 3300 = 1963
- One of the first integrated circuit for home constructor's use (UK) = Sinclair IC-10 = 1968
- One of the first portable tape recorders as used on the Apollo 10 space mission (Japan) = Sony TC-50 = 1969
- The first microprocessor ever made (USA) = Intel 4004 = 1971
- The first "portable" handheld electronic calculator (Japan) = Sharp QTH-8B = 1970
- the firts "pocketable" electronic calculator (Japan) = Canon Pocketronic = 1970
- The first pocket calculator ever built (USA) = Bowmar 901B = 1971
- The thinnest pocket calculator (British) = Sinclair Executive = 1972
- The first LED solar calculator (USA) = Teal Photon = 1976
- The first scientific pocket calculator (USA) = Hewlett Packard HP-35 = 1972
- One of the first LED digital watches (UK) = Sinclair Black Watch = 1975
- The first pocket multistandard pocket Tv set (UK) = Sinclair Microvision MTV1 = 1977
- The smallest monitor ever made (UK)= Sinclair Mon1A = 1977
- The first practical home computers (USA) = Apple II / Commodore Pet / Tandy TRS-80 = 1977
- The smallest oscilloscope ever (UK) = Sinclair SC110 = 1978
- The first direct key memory digital tuning radio (Japan) = Sony ICF-2001 = 1980
- The first home computer available as a kit in UK= Science of Cambridge MK 14 = 1979
- The first home computer to be sold for under 100.00 (UK) = Sinclair ZX-80 = 1980
- The first home computer to be sold for under $100.00 (UK) = Sinclair ZX-81 = 1981
- The most popular (at that point in time) home computer in the world (UK) = Sinclair Spectrum = 1982
- The first portable computer (USA) = Osborne 1 = 1981
- The first notebook computer (Japan) = Epson HX-20 = 1981
- The first notebook computer with integral modem (USA) = Radio Shack TRS-80 model 100 = 1983
- The first IBM "personal" computer (USA) = IBM 5150 = 1981
- The first GUI based (windows + pull down menus) computer (USA) = Apple Lisa = 1983
- The first Apple Macintosh computer (USA)= Apple Macintosh 128k = 1984
- The first Walkman ever (Japan) = Sony TPS-L2 = 1979
- The first portable TV set in the world (USA) = Philco H2010 Safari = 1959
- The first transistorized portable TV set in the world (Japan) = Sony TV8-301 = 1960
- The first pocket TV ever (UK) = Sinclair MTV-1A = 1977
- The first flat screen TV in the world (Japan) = Sony FD-200 = 1982
- The first Sinclair flat screen pocket TV set (UK) = Sinclair FTV1 = 1983
- The first CD player in the world (Japan) = Sony CDP-101 = 1982
- The first personal CD disc player in the world (Japan) = Sony D-50 = 1985
- The first 8mm video camera (Japan) = Sony CCD-V8 = 1985
- The first "paperback sized" 8mm video camera (Japan) = Sony CCD-M8 = 1985
- An early "mobile" telephone = Motorola 5000X = 1989
- The first Minidisc recorder/player (Japan) = Sony Mz-1 = 1992
- An early 32 bit Videogame machine = Sega Saturn = 1995
- The first popular Digital Camera commercially available (Japan) = Canon Ion RC260C = 1989
- The first MP3 (solid state) player (USA) = Diamond Rio PMP300 = 1998
- One of the first production electric vehicle (UK) = Sinclair C5 = 1985
- One of the first production electric bicycle (UK) = Sinclair Zike = 1992
- The first PDA palm computer (USA) = Apple Newton MessagePad 100 = 1993
- The first watch camera on the market (Japan) = Casio WQV-1 = 2000
- The first "adult" foldable personal scooter (Switzerland) = Micro = 2000


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