The television counts among a handful of designs that most dramatically changed in the 20th century. The design of TVs has evolved massively since the boxy retro contraptions of the past, like the Emyvisor and the Marconi. With the flatscreens and high-definition displays that can seem crisper and more colourful than reality itself, 21st-century viewers are comparatively spoiled.
The modern television’s earliest ancestor was the Octagon, made by General Electric in 1928. It used a mechanical, rotating disk technology to display images on its three-inch screen. While it was never mass-produced, it played what is widely considered the world’s first television drama: “The Queen’s Messenger.”