Modern display technology has its origins in the early television sets of the 1920’s and 30’s. Commercially sold by the 1930’s, these first television sets used cathode ray tube (CRT) technology to display the limited television programming of the day. With technological advances, like the development of the color TV, CRTs remained the dominate display technology well into the new millennium.
In the early 1980’s, the first computer monitors were developed by adapting CRT technology to the needs of a computer display. These early monitors were crude compared with today’s displays. They were built into the computer itself, and were only able to display four colors at a resolution of 320 x 200 pixels at best. CRT technology continued to control the computer monitor for the next two decades.
Despite the widespread use of CRT technology, CRT displays are one of the most difficult types of electronic waste to recycle. The glass used to manufacture a CRT monitor typically contains five to ten pounds of lead, making it an environmental hazard, especially if disposed of improperly. The special measures required to handle CRT monitors safely make them one of the most expensive items to recycle.
Due to environmental concerns and advances in new display technologies, the dominate use of CRTs has been abandoned over time in favor of liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Compared to CRTs, LCDs are substantially thinner, use significantly less power, and emit very little heat. With newer innovations (like LED backlighting) and lowering prices, LCDs are now the favored display technology for computer monitors and televisions.
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