Before there was iPod, there was the Sony Walkman.
The first blue-and-silver Walkman--TPS-L2--debuted 26 years ago in Japan today, harkening back to a time when Disco was king and personal computers were slowly creeping into people's homes.
The portable cassette player was created by Masaru Ibuka, Kozo Ohsone, and Sony founder Akio Morita. Last year, Sony paid several million euros to a German inventor who patented the idea in 1977.
It was Morita that came up with the name Walkman, which spawned other Sony devices like the Pressman, Watchman, Scoopman, and Discman.
When the Walkman started shipping, there was … Read more