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Fascinating facts about the invention of Magnavox Odyssey by Ralph H. Baer in 1972.

MAGNAVOX ODYSSEY
AT A GLANCE:
Ralph
Baer is best known for leading the development of the Brown Box, the first home video game console. After being licensed to Magnavox and being renamed Magnavox Odyssey, the console was released to the public in May, 1972.  He also invented an immensely popular electronic pattern-matching game called Simon, that is still on the market.
THE STORY
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Invention: Magnavox Odyssey in 1972
Magnavox Odyssey photo courtesy Online Odyssey Museum
Function: noun /  trademark expired
Definition: A video game system manufactured by Magnavox that consisted of a console, game cartages and translucent plastic overlays to cover a TV screen.
Patent: 3,728,480 (US) issued April 17, 1973
Inventor: Ralph H. Baer
Ralph Baer photo courtesy RHB Consulting
Criteria: First to invent. First to patent.
Birth: March 8, 1922 in Pirmasens, Germany
  Currently living in Manchester, New Hampshire
Nationality: German
Milestones:
1922 Ralph Baer born March 8, in Pirmasens, Germany
1968 Ralph Baer has a working prototype of the "Brown Box" finished.
1971 Baer files patent application on March 22 for TV Gaming Apparatus
1972 Magnavox licensed the Brown Box and markets it under the name Magnavox Odyssey
1973 Patent # 3,728,480 (US) issued April 17, to Ralph Baer
1975 Nintendo's first venture in gaming was as the distributor of the Magnavox Odyssey in Japan
2004 Ralph Baer awarded The National Medal of Technology
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