A facsimile, or fax for short, is the transmission of scanned documents or pictures through a telephone that is connected to a printer or another output device. It is sometimes called telecopying or telefacsimile.
The source material is scanned using a fax machine (or telecopier), which processes the contents into a single image, then transmitting it through the telephone. The receiving end then reconstructs the image and printing it for the receiver.
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A Brief History of the Fax Machine
Scottish inventor Alexander Bain worked on the earliest form of fax machine after he received patent on May 27, 1843. He called his invention the Electric Printing Telegraph. Frederick Bakewell made modifications on Bain’s original design and presented the telefax machine. Another early form of fax machine, the Pantelegraph, was invented by Italian physicist Giovanni Caselli.
In 1880, English inventor Shelford Bidwell created the scanning phototelegraph which was the first fax machine to scan from two-dimensional sources. Around 1900, German physicist Arthur Korn invented the Bildtelegraph, which is the earliest machine capable of transmitting pictures through telegraphy. One of Korn’s most recognized competitor was German inventor Rudolf Hell, who invented the Hellschreiber, which is another facsimile-inspired teleprinter.
In 1888, Elisha Grey invented the telautograph which allowed users to send signatures over long distances. On May 29, 1924, scientists from AT&T developed a new process of transmitting pictures by electricity, and were able to do it successfully, sending pictures from Cleveland to New York City.
Types of Fax Machines
- Inkjet fax machine. It works by creating images on the fax paper, using inkjet compatible inks.
- Laser fax machine. It prints out a fax by releasing powdered ink which then attaches to the static electrical shapes on the fax paper.
- Thermal fax machine. Considered as the most expensive type. It does not use ink cartridges but instead uses ink ribbons. Heat is generated during a fax transfer, and the ink is melted on to the paper
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