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Fascinating facts about Ralph Baer inventor of
Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.

Ralph Baer
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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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
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
Milestones:
1922 Ralph Baer born March 8, in Pirmasens, Germany
1958 William Higinbotham invents a "Tennis" computer game-type at the Brookhaven National Labs
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
1977 Howard Morrison and Ralph Baer file patent application for microcomputer controlled game
1977 SIMON name registered Novenber 7. Reg. No. 1211692
1978 The game now named Simon is manufactured and distributed by Milton Bradley
1980 Patent # 4,207,087 (US) issued June 10,
2004 Ralph Baer awarded The National Medal of Technology
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RELATED INFORMATION:
Invention of Magnavox Odyssey  from The Great Idea Finder
Invention of SIMON game   from The Great Idea Finder
Nolan Bushnell Biography   from The Great Idea Finder
William Higinbotham Biography   from The Great Idea Finder
 

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