1978 – 1987
The first Compact Disc was developed by Sony and Philips in 1982.
Fun fact: The first CDs commercially pressed were The Visitors by ABBA and a recording of Herbert von Karajan conducting the Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss. Record labels were initially extremely sceptical of the format, but eventually CD sales peaked in 2000 at 2.455 billion.
Everyone’s a director
In 1983, Sony released their first hand-held combined camera.
Fun fact: This camera features in the 1985 film Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox. If you’d held on to yours, you could now sell it for around £1,000.
Hello? Can you hear me?
1983 saw the beginning of a cultural revolution with the introduction of the first mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X.
Fun fact: Measuring 13 x 1.75 x 3.5in and weighing a hefty 28 ounces, the phone was so big that even its creators nicknamed it ‘The Brick’ – and it took 10 hours to recharge.