A brief history of computer displays

From blinking lights and punch cards to LCDs and 3D flat panels, we trace the 70-year history of the tech that users rely on to see what a computer is doing.

A brief history of computer displays prev next

Loading...

Blinking Indicator Lights

While almost every early computer provided some sort of hard-copy printout, the earliest days of digital displays were dominated by rows of blinking indicator lights -- tiny light bulbs that flashed on and off when the computer processed certain instructions or accessed memory locations.

Photos: Computer History Museum, Deutsches Museum

Prev Next 4/20

Comments on this image

Close

A brief history of computer displays

20 images
Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?