Depending on who you ask, the Industrial Revolution unfolded
over 150 (or so) long but innovative years. Today’s equally
innovative—but comparably rushed—Digital Revolution will
transpire in barely a quarter of this time.
What’s next is anyone’s guess, but you can be sure the pace will
once again pick up and innovations in TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN,
and SUSTAINABILITY will lead the way.
Al Gore invents the Internet . . . err, we mean ushers in legislation
that leads to the development of the Internet as we know it.
CDs finally overtake cassettes as the preferred medium for prerecorded music.
Audiophiles rejoice, twenty somethings mourn the loss of the mix tape, and CD-technology
is quickly adapted for data storage creating a multibillion-dollar market.
The EPA launches its now-famous Energy Star program, kick-starting
a w ave of energy-saving innovations among manufacturers worldwide.
Lay ing the groundwork for ongoing leadership in TFT-LCD (thin film
transistor liquid crystal display) technology, Samsung develops its first
10. 4" TFT-LCD flat-panel display.
As the Internet takes hold, an entirely
new digital economy opens up, business
interactions are changed forever, and
socializing—even dating—goes digital.
Samsung follows up its 1999
release of the world first 24" TFT-LCD screen with the world’s first
40" TFT-LCD display. Additionally,
the company is recognized as
the world’s leading producer of
TFT-LCD flat-panel screens for the
third year in a row.
The Innovative Design
Lab of Samsung (IDS)—
an in-house design
school with a global
Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of monitors,
is named Energy Star’s “Monitor Partner of the Year”
for the third year in a row. The company’s innovative
SyncMaster technology allows monitors to “sleep” when
not in use, resulting in reduced energy consumption,
pollution, and electric bills.
Establishing itself as a world leader in TV production,
Samsung turns out its 20-millionth color TV.
Once again leading the way in TV manufacturing, Samsung
begins mass production of the world’s first digital TV.