13 stories names of major electronics manufacturers





Most of us spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen or TV, playing video games or talking on the phone. The names of companies that have created all this technique, known to all, but where did they come from? What is the “Nokia” in general? Let’s take a look at the origin of some of the biggest names in the world of technology.

1. Kodak

Founder George Eastman gave the name of the company in 1888. Eastman wanted a short name that was easy to pronounce and which would apply only to its products. He later noted that he chose the letter «K», because she ” looked strong, sharp. ” Once Eastman decided that he would like to see the «K» in the beginning of the title, he played with the letters until he came to the “Kodak.”

2. Nintendo

The name Nintendo translated into English as “leave luck heaven.” The name makes sense when you consider that before Nintendo came out in a segment of video games, it is engaged in the production cards hanafuda (Japanese game), decorated with floral designs.

3. Sony

Before Sony got its name in 1946, the company was called less pleasant name – Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. For several years, the company’s founders were thinking about a different name, and came to the conclusion that the combined sonus («sound” in Latin), with Sonny, so affectionately called the young boys. Newly created word perfectly tally with the sound quality and small size of the company name.

4. Sega

Sega got its start in Hawaii in 1940 as Standard Games, a business that specialized in machines for playing pinball, which were to entertain the tired soldiers. In 1951 the company moved to Tokyo and renamed themselves Service Games, so a little bit away from the subject of American military bases. Service Games later merged with another company, Rosen Enterprises, and shortened its name to Sega.

5. Nokia

Modern smartphone manufacturer has not always been a giant in the world of technology. The company got its start in Tampere, Finland, in 1865, on the rights of the pulp and paper mill. When the owner Fredrik Aydstam opened a second plant in Nokia, Finland, in 1868, he decided that the name of the company and will suit too. The city takes its name from the river Nokianvirta, which flows through it, and she, in turn, takes its name from the archaic Finnish word that means small furry animals, mostly sables, who lived on both sides of the river.

6. Cisco Systems

The company takes its name from San Francisco, and was founded in 1984.

7. Atari

Pioneer of the scope of video games got its name from the board game “go”. In the first “Atari” is a term that means that the stone a player (or group of players) is in imminent danger of being captured by the opponent.

8. Toshiba

Toshiba was founded in 1939 after the merger of consumer products with Tokyo Denki engineer’s company Shibaura Seisakusho. To + Shiba – and a new company was born.

9. Sanyo

Name Sanyo means “three oceans” in Japanese. The founder of the company wanted to sell its products through three oceans – the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific – and take over the world.

10. Canon

When Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory began developing Japan’s first 35mm camera focal plane shutter, the engineers dubbed the name “Kvanon” in honor of the Buddhist goddess of mercy. In honor of this and the company’s logo depicts the goddess of the thousand. When the camera is ready for worldwide sales in 1935, the company decided to change its name to Canon, it is easier to perceive the world market.

11. Sharp

The history of the electronics manufacturer began in 1912, when Tokuchi Hayakawa opened his own shop for their inventions. In 1915, Hayakawa invented an improved mechanical pencil, which he called the Ever-Sharp («ever-sharp”), and in honor of the beautiful creations Hayakawa started calling his company Sharp.

12. Motorola

Founder Paul Galvin named his company for the production of traditional radio adding ending «-ola», for example Victrola. As Galvin and his company were doing radio for cars, he joined the “motor” and “ol”, received the name of the future Motorola.

13. Samsung

Samsung was founded in 1938 when Lee Byung Chul opened a “store Samsung» in Korea. Originally, the store was focused on the export of dried fish and fruit, but in the 60s moved on to electronics. The name in Korean sounds like “three stars”, sort of a bow in the direction lucky number three properties.
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