A Complicated Mechanism
This, one of the earliest "talkies" ever made (1926), was used to introduce AT&T's "Vitaphone" sound motion picture process.
This Was the Sound
The first transistor in action, doing what a transistor (more about the transistor) does best.
The Plasma Fireball
A peek behind the scenes at lasers and light fibers, the inventions that made high-speed digital communication possible. Read more about the laser.
The Telephone Dance
Alexander Graham Bell whoops it up in this 1920 reenactment of the telephone's invention. Read more about the early telephone and A.G. Bell.
Early '80s Email
First Wave email, built into the phone set. Read more about UNIX and the Internet.
First Phone Call from Space
Telstar, the first active communications satellite, makes it happen. Vice President Johnson gets the call. Read more about the early satellites.
Love that Cellular Technology
In the days before the cell phone, mobile communication usually resulted in a busy signal. Read more about cellular technology.