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The History of Computer Monitors

By admin, May 26, 2012 8:46 am
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The computer monitor has undergone just as many transitions as the computer itself, from huge and bulky, to thin and lightweight.

  1. In the early days of the computer age the monitor and keyboard were one piece. There were predominantly only two colors, black and green. Though tough on the eyes, this was what the world was waiting for. They were bulky and heavy, but this brought the computer into the home.

  2. In the early 80s there was the dawn of the PC, where the computer became three pieces, the monitor, the PCU and the keyboard. At that time, all the pieces of the computer were bulky. The computer screen was heavy, and took up a lot of space on the top of a desk. However, it was at this time that color was introduced, and there were four colors to the monitor. It was at this time that the computer began to creep into most homes across the country.

  3. In 1984 IBM introduced an enhanced graphics adapter, allowing for 16 colors on the monitor. By 1987 IBM introduced the Video Graphics Array, or VGA, which is still a computer monitor standard.

  4. In 1990 computer monitors made the leap into enhanced graphics, which permitted 16.8 million colors, more than can be detected by the human eye.

  5. Also in 1990 the LCD, liquid crystal display, monitors were taking off, and by 1997 were competing with the cathode ray tubes, or CRTs. The computer screens were getting more clear and easier to read.

  6. Most recently, flat screen monitors are taking the computer world by storm. The flat screen monitor makes it easier to have a monitor right on the desk top. Thin and lightweight, the flat screen also makes for an attractive look on any desk.

    All these changes have lead to the amazing monitors available on the market today. There are monitors that are actually good for your health. These monitors track the way you sit, if you are slouching, or sitting too close to the monitor. When the sensors pick this up, the monitor actually sends out a warning or a reminder that you need to sit up straight, or back up to avoid back and neck pain, as well as eye strain. Monitors have made the journey from a two-color display to an actual monitor that keeps an eye on you. It is amazing to think what tomorrow's monitor will be able to do.


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