SPOTLIGHT: PHILIPS KEY INNOVATIONS
Today we’re going to take a look at the ket inventions that have made Philips a household name. As we mentioned in yesterdays piece, the very first invention from Philips was the carbon-filament lightbulb. We may take the humble light bulb for granted these days but back in 1891 it must have been quite an amazing feat for a company to have provide the public with a cost effective and highly reliable product.
In this day in age we have so many options when it comes to music and the majority of us rely on our iPods or CD players to help us belt out a tune but before any of these gadgets, people relied solely on the the radio for their news and entertainment. Picture yourself in 1927, on the coast of Australia and hearing for the very first time a whole hour of short wave radio coming from The Netherlands. This one hour broadcast reached the world and started what is now a huge industry. Television soon followed with public demonstrations taking place in 1928 by Philips NatLab
In 1939 the Philishave shaver was introduced to the world but unfortunately due to the outbreak for World War 2 the initial production run was limited but this did not stop Philips as they continued to invent and in 1948 a new, more ergonomic, single head model designed by US designer Raymond Loewy was launched. In 1952, global sales had increased so dramatically that a new production facility in Drachten, The Netherlands was opened, allowing for production of the new triple head, introduced in 1956, to commence.
One product that I didn’t realise Philips had invented was the audio tape cassette. In 1960 this changed the music industry by providing a free license to use the format. The tape cassette’s life was soon to be disrupted by another clever invention from the dutch brand, who in 1983 revolutionised not only the music industry but also the way the public listened to music by launching the Compact Disc. In a cool move, Philips sponsor the 1985 Dire Straits World tour in hopes of popularising this new music format.
Medical technology has long been something that Philips has been apart of and in 1998 Philips took a big step forward by acquiring ATL Ultrasound, making them the largest medical technology company in the world. Move forward to 2002 and Philips introduces the HeartStart Home Defibrillator, designed as a simple to use product that anyone can use to save a life; and then in 2004 Philips revolutionised the medical industry again with it’s Brilliance 40-slice CT Scanner, which at the time was nearly three times faster than any other multi scanne
The wake up light, which is my personal favourite in the Philips range, (although I do have one so I’m slightly bias), was launched in 2006 and although there were other similar products in the market place, what made the Philips wake up light particularly unique was that it had been medically proven to help prepare the body to wake up. You may not believe this works, as I too was skeptical but it really does. Especially on those dark, cold winter mornings, I now wake up feeling awake rather than the comatose mummy that I used to wake up as.
The Ambilight with it’s soft glow around your television which automatically changes it’s colours to match the colour, contrast and brightness of what’s on your screen is a truly beautiful innovation. When adults and children stare at screens for too long, the eye muscles get stressed and tired, causing fatigue, the idea behind the Ambilight technology is that is helps to reduce this strain.
Back to it’s humble beginnings, in 2008 Philips introduce the EcoClassic50 Hologen Energy Saver lamp. Winning numerous awards, this lamp combines quality, instant start, it’s dimmable and most importantly and 50% energy saving.
Pretty impressive isn’t it? I bet you also, like me didn’t realise all the innovations Philips have brought into our world. Do you have any Philips products you love and cherish? We’d love to hear from you, so why not leave us a comment.
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the next Philips installment.