Talk:Rudolf Hell

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This site tells a different story: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blfax.htm

Namely that the fax was invented in 1824 by Scotsman Alexander Bain and the photo-electric fax in 1902 by German Arthur Korn. Giovanni Caselli ran a telepgraph service in France from 1865-1870. All of these must predate Mr. Hell - so what did he invent? --rmhermen


This page http://www.newsday.com/technology/wire/sns-ap-obit-hell0314mar14.story?coll=sns-ap-technology-headlines tells this:

Hell's landmark invention was a machine for transmitting text that electronically broke up letters into a stream of dots reassembled at the receiving end, in effect the first telefax.

--JeLuF

Expanding on telefax: facsimile teleprinter. Hellschreiber - Hell's writer was a text printer, mechanically simpler than previous typewriter-based facsimile systems, digitally representing a character typically in a 7x7 grid of on/off pixels (dot matrix). Each line of text printed twice on a moving paper roll. Hellschreiber produced more legible results than other facsimile or teleprinter systems when using poor quality radio/cable/landline links and was used by news services and the Germain military. Hellschreiber is not only the name of the machine, but is also the name of the text encoding scheme. More recently Hellschrieber encoding has been used over ham radio to transmit text encoded/decoded using computers with sound cards rather than a mechanical device. (Some of the obituaries listed him as inventer of the fax which is the source of some confusion. He perfected a robust, simple teleprinter system based on facsimile. He later pioneered a digital typesetter which based characters on a 120 vertical by 100 horizontal em square matrix using a cathode ray tube controlled by digital computer.) -- Naaman Brown (talk) 14:13, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Anon added:

Whoever wrote this is a complete idiot!!! Rudolf Hellishness lived to be 100, in my opinion thats pretty f***n old!!!!

Most amusing, I'm sure. Peculiar the way he censors himself... --Camembert