A Patent is granted for a adding machine in the U.S. and the Nintendo Wii is launched. All on today’s On This Day from TEST Huddle.
1872 – Patent for an adding Machine
E.D. Barbour of Boston, Massachusetts is issued U.S. Patent No. 133,188 for a adding machine. It is the first U.S. patent for an adding machine that is capable of printing totals and subtotals becomes known as a calculating machine.
2006 – Nintendo Wii
As it is the time of year for these releases, in North America, Nintendo releases the Wii video game system. The system includes a wireless Wii remote controller, a Nunchuk controller attachment, and video game Wii Sports. Unlike the other game systems of this generation, the Wii doesn’t have an internal hard drive. Instead the system features 512MB of internal Flash memory and support for removable SD card storage. The console is aimed more at a family market than the traditional adolescent and adult male dominated gaming industry.