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The World’s First Microcassette Recorder!

The year was 1969 and technological innovation was in high gear. The Boeing 747 took off on its maiden voyage, thus sealing the deal on high-volume commercial flight. The first message was sent over ARPANET, the forerunner to the internet, ultimately changing the shape of global communications. And, of course, Apollo 11 put man on the moon. Most people are aware of these great technological feats but few know of Olympus’ contribution to the technological landscape. The very same year we unleashed the first microcassette recorder on the world, the Zuiko Pearlcorder, which helped to increase productivity for thousands upon thousands of businesses.

Using the familiar 2.25″ x 1.5″ microcassette as a point of reference, this recorder was fairly large and hardly “micro” compared to current technologies. Still, versus other available dictations solutions, the Zuiko Pearlcorder was pretty portable. Of course, we must give credit to the fashion czars of the ’60s and ’70s for providing such large pockets to accommodate our recorder.

We’ve come a long way since the development of this recorder but I wanted to take just a moment to recognize our very first voice recorder. If you’ve ever owned one of these recorders we’d love to hear your Pearlcorder story.


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