In Vegas, a touch of nostalgia

At this year's CES, Japan's LCD giant Sharp trotted out some tidbits from its history.

LCD calculator
The first-ever LCD calculator Michael Kanellos/CNET Networks

Technology conventions like the Consumer Electronics Show are great places to see what's coming next, but some companies also like to remind you of what's happened in the past. It's always great to be reminded that the crowd went bonkers back in the mid-'70s when Asteroids came out in color or Chuck E. Cheese was upgraded to include food edible for humans.

At this year's CES, Japan's LCD giant Sharp trotted out some tidbits from its history. The calculator pictured here was the first-ever LCD calculator produced. The EL-805 could run 100 hours on a battery charge.

First cell phone
Sharp's J-SH04 cell phone Michael Kanellos/CNET Networks

Then, in 2000, the company released the first camera phone, the J-SH04. The camera came with a 110,000-pixel image sensor, which is more than 100 times less than the best sensors you can get in standalone cameras and 70 times or so less than cameras found in the best camera phones. But you have to start somewhere.

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