NASA Spinoff Database: Space Spurred Computer Graphics

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1983
Reference Number: JPL-SO-76
Category: Computer Technology
Origin: Dicomed/jet Ropulsion Laboratory Contract

Dicomed Corporation was asked by NASA in the early 1970's to develop processing capabilities for recording images sent from Mars by Viking spacecraft. The company produced a film recorder which increased the intensity levels and the capability for color recording. This development led to a strong technology base resulting in sophisticated computer graphics equipment. Dicomed systems are used to record CAD & CAM equipment, to update maps and produce computer generated animation.

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Page Number in Published book: 110-111

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