The History and Evolution of Faxing Told Through an Infographic
Isn’t it amazing how fax has changed? This year we remember the 169 anniversary of the birth of fax technology as well as around 30 years since the first fax machines appeared , and despite of what has been said and the “prediction” of many technology experts, fax it is still alive and kicking! I know a lot folks predicted the death of fax when digital technology appeared, but nothing can be further from the truth. Fax is not dead, instead, it has continued evolving and adapting to new technologies that have appeared over the years. Today, you can sign and send a fax straight from your computer in just a few seconds without having to print a single sheet of paper!
The story of faxing – born from the necessity of sharing documents rapidly between companies – is unique and something that needs to be told. This infographic, courtesy of MetroFax is perfect for this purpose as it illustrates the major developments and advances in faxing. It starts in the year 1846 with Alexander Bain (who devised and patented a fax method which involved chemically reproducing faxing symbols) and extends to the present with the ability to fax digital documents over email.
There’s no doubt the golden era of traditional faxing (in other words, the use of special fax machines) took place during the 80s and 90s, an era that pre dates the big changes that were brought along new technological advances such as the Internet or smartphones. Back then, a big mean fax machine was a must-have in every well equipped office, and even with its issues and the periodic frustration that it produced, they were of big help.
Thanks to digital technology and the development of email fax numbers, we now only need a computer to send free Gmail fax, as you can read here. What’s better, it has integrated many interesting features that make communicating easier and faster, two important factors in this quickly evolving World. Take a look at the infographic below, and you might learn a couple of new things about this useful way of communicating!