ThunderScan


ThunderScan

ThunderScan was a single dot scanner that replaced the ribbon cartridge in my Apple ImageWriter Printer. You fed a photo into the rollers and via the ThunderScan software you could capture 1-bit (Black or White) images of the photo. These could be edited in MacPaint. It was not a great leap to imagine color. This convinced me that the computer, not the TV was where we would be managing and editing our photos in the future. It would take a few more years to convince anybody else at Kodak.

At this point (Sept 1985), I had finally been released from servitude in the QA Lab and had joined the advanced development team on the 3rd floor of Building 1, at the Elmgrove Plant. This new division, Consumer Electronics, was selling videotape and 8mm camcorders built by Matsushita. They were in the process of developing a line of products based on the new Still Video Floppy. A product I, immediately deemed would be DOA, due to the low image quality, what the heck! That would need to be changed!

I was assigned to work on the new Still Video Printer which used Kodak Instant Film. They needed somebody to make the color reproduction better, and I was it. However, if you understood the sensitometric characteristics of Kodak Instant film, you'd know that the color balance can vary from picture to picture, within a single pack. So, it was not going to be an easy task.

Bondage Hamlin Beach State Park BeeBee Station

Examples of My Photos Scanned with ThunderScan

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