I Can Remember When Fax Machines Were Mind Blowing

When I was in college I saw my first fax machine and it literally blew my mind.  I just couldn't wrap my head around the concept of how a physical piece of paper could be copied and reproduced hundreds of miles away via phone. From today's perspective the whole idea of breaking an image into bits of data that are then used to reproduce that image somewhere else is downright pedestrian, and understanding how it works goes a long way to helping me (kind of) understand what's going on in the video below, but I have to tell you that when I watched the video I had the same reaction I had when I watched my first fax transmission. 

4 thoughts on “I Can Remember When Fax Machines Were Mind Blowing

  1. Leatherwing

    Jon,
    There’s actually a place right here in town that has them, and you can see them at their monthly information exchanges. The Center for Design Innovation is a multi-campus research center, part of the UNC system, and their office is currently in downtown Winston-Salem.
    They used to have weekly information exchanges, but now they’ve moved to monthly I believe. At those meetings, they will show you around their facilities. Anyway, they have 3D printers for rapid prototyping purposes. I’ve never seen the printing process, but have seen the objects that were printed. It’s very cool. A bit of a secret treasure right here in Winston.
    Here’s some info:
    http://www.centerfordesigninnovation.org/Services/Prototyping.php

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  2. Jon Lowder

    Thats awesome!  Id heard of the Center but I didnt realize they had those info exchanges or that they had 3-D printing.  Im definitely going to check it out.  Thanks for the heads up.

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  3. Kristen Daukas

    I remember the ol’ Telex machine when I worked at American Express. Then it was replaced by that crazy fax machine. With the paper that you had to press between books to get it to lay flat.

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