Guys, you may want to cover your eyes for this bit of information. The plasma TV was not developed by men wanting a better viewing experience for their favorite sports. There, the truth has been let out of the bag, so to speak. Walk into any electronics or television store and you will see LCD and plasma television screens, but the first plasma screen television was invented to be used as a computer monitor.

It all began in 1964 at the University of Illinois. At this time, computer monitors were simple televisions. You have to realize that the televisions at this time were cathode ray tubes. They had to continuously refresh themselves in order to display correctly. That was a big problem when using a television as a computer monitor. Sure it was okay for watching tv shows, but the resolution for computers was terrible. By the end of the year the first plasma monitor was in operation.

Today’s plasma TVs have millions of cells that comprise the color and resolution of the screen. That initial plasma monitor was only one cell. However, it was still a step in the right direction. There was a set back, though. Liquid crystal displays became the more acceptable method and plasma technology was put on hold. Fast forward a few years and flat screen television sets became widely popular.

The one constant in life is that life moves ahead. Technology and knowledge continuously grow. New ideas are developed and make their way into our everyday lives. The plasma TV is no different. When it debuted it was very expensive. As new technology was developed and more manufacturers began mass producing the televisions, the prices began to fall. The people who once could not afford the TV can now have as many as they want in their homes for their viewing pleasure.

When you consider how long plasma technology has been in existence, you have to be slightly amazed at the innovative minds that helped contribute to the plasma TV rage. Gone are the black and white screens of the past and the bulky televisions and monitors that used to be the only option. Time can only tell what new marvels scientists will come up with next in their quest for the bigger, better and more colorful boob tube.

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