The First LCD Television

The First LCD TV

casio tv 10

Since 1974 when the LCD became available to the masses there’s been continuous research and development of the technology. It has been used for watches and calculators but never for a television because of the slow refresh of the screen.

In June 1983, Casio released the world’s smallest television and at the same time the first LCD television, with the commercial name Casio TV-10. It had a small 2.7 inch (67 mm) black and white screen, powered by 3 AA size batteries and a weight of 350 grams.


The screen contrast was poor, but Casio marked the base for technology leadership in terms of LCD pocket TVs replacing cathode-ray tubes.

It had some nice details : A sticker with the text (Made in Japan 1983),made with modern plastics (no Bakelite or Catalin) a metal front, slide rule dial, switchable backlight, retractable and double-collapsible rod antenna and a smart adjustable stand and a power consumption of just 0.3 W.

Regarding the use in public transport the manual recommends to use the wire antenna instead of the dangerous telescoping antenna in order not to endanger the safety of the other passengers

In 1985, a color panel was developed, and the TV-1000 was released as a color LCD TV. After that, liquid crystal technology progressed from TN to STN and TFT, and now it is used for many kinds of products as a next-generation displays.

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