company_name = Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
company_type = Public ( [http://quote.tse.or.jp/tse/quote.cgi?F=listing/EDetail1&MKTN=T&QCODE=6952 Casio on TSE] )
location = Tokyo,
key_people = President: Kazuo Kashio
num_employees = 13,013 (2007)
revenue = ¥620,769 million (2007)
homepage = [http://world.casio.com/ www.casio.com] nihongo|Casio Computer Co., Ltd.|カシオ計算機株式会社|Kashio Keisanki Kabushiki-gaisha (tyo|6952) is a
Japanese electronic devices manufacturing company founded in 1946, with its headquartersin Tokyo. Casio is best known for its calculators, audio equipment, PDAs, cameras, musical instruments, and watches. In 1957 Casio released the world's first entirely electric compact calculator.
Casio was established in April
1946by Tadao Kashio, an engineer specializing in fabrication technology. Kashio's first major product was the yubiwa pipe, a finger ring that would hold a cigarette, allowing the wearer to smoke the cigarette down to its nub while also leaving the wearer's hands free. Japan was impoverished immediately following World War IIso cigarettes were valuable, and the invention was a success.
After seeing the electric
calculators at the first Business Show in Ginza, Tokyo in 1949, Kashio and his younger brothers used their profits from the yubiwa pipe to develop their own calculators. Most of the calculators at that time worked using gears and could be operated by hand using a crank or using a motor. Kashio had some knowledge of electronics, and set out to make a calculator using solenoids. The desk-sized calculator was finished in 1954 and was Japan's first electro-mechanical calculator. One of the central innovations of the calculator was its adoption of the 10-key number pad; at that time other calculators were using a "full keypad", which meant that each place in the number (1s, 10s, 100s, etc...) had nine keys. Another innovation was the use of a single display window instead of the three display windows (one for each argument and one for the answer) used in other calculators.
In 1957 Casio released the Model 14-A, sold for 485,000
yen, [ [http://www.dentaku-museum.com/calc/calculator/casiod/casiod.html Casio desktop calculator] by Dentaku Museum.] the world's first all-electric compact calculator, which was based on relay technology. 1957 also marked the establishment of Casio Computer Co. Ltd.
In the 1980s, its budget electronic instruments and home
keyboardsgained huge popularity. The company also became well known for the wide variety and innovation of its wristwatches. It is one of the early manufacturers of quartz crystalwatches, both digital and analog. It also began selling calculator watches during this time. It was one of the first manufacturers of watches that could display the time in many different time zones and of watches with temperature, atmospheric-pressure, altitude, and even GPS position displays. Today, Casio is most commonly known for durable, large sized watches.
Especially popular are its dual function (LCD and analog) watches, some of which, called "Wave Ceptors", receive radio signals daily from an
atomic clockto keep accurate time. These watches come with lengthy manuals(50 pages each in English and Spanish, each the size of a business card): those users who master all the intricate features will be able to tell time in many time zones, use alarms and timers, and even follow Daylight-Saving Time; those who ignore or misunderstand the manual can expect many surprises.
A number a notable digital cameras firsts have been made by Casio, including the first consumer digital camera with an LCD screen, the first consumer 3 megapixel camera, the first true ultra-compact model, and the first digital camera to incorporate ceramic lens technology.
Timeline of important product releases
*1957 Casio releases the
Model 14-A, the world's first all electric compact calculator
*1965 The 001 calculator is released
*1972 The release of Casio's personal calculator, the Casio "Mini" sells for 12,800 yen, going on to sell over 10 million units
*1974 The Casiotron, a watch that features a fully automatic calendar, including month lengths and leap years, is released.
*1980 Casio releases their
Casiotone keyboard instrument.
*1983 The first
G-Shockwatch, the DW-5000C, is released.
*1985 Casio launches its first professional synthesiser, the CZ-101.
*1995 The Illuminator/
Foxfirebacklight is released. The DW-5600Ewas announced as the first G-Shockwatch with a full EL LCD panel.
*1995 The QV-10, the world's first digital camera that includes a TFT display, is released.
*2002 The EX-S1, the first
Exilimdigital camera is released.
*2007 The OCW-S1000J, dubbed the Oceanus "Manta", is released being the world's thinest solar-powered
chronographbeing only approx. 8.9mm in thickness.
*Digital camera -
*Electric keyboard (musical instrument)
Electronic dictionaryand Wordtank
Clock, Quartz clock, and Watch
Televisionand Handheld television
In popular culture
*A Casio digital watch was used as the
timerfor the bombused in the Oplan Bojinkaplot.
*In the film "
The Cat in the Hat", the main character, the Cat, plays a pianowith the logo "Cat-sio" printed on it, an obvious spoof of the company's name.
*In the videogame "Headhunter", by
Amuzeand Segafor the Dreamcastand Playstation 2, the protagonist of the game, Jack Wade, has a fictional wrist watch VM, which is based on a real-life Casio wrist watch, the WQV-2. The WQV-2 has a built-in digital camera, while the fictional version seen in the game had many additional functions, like a built-in location tracker and a cell phone.
*In the film Enemy of the State Gene Hackman offers Will Smith a watch with which he is to time a series of events at the end of the film. The watch is a very basic Casio - Smith remarks "this must have cost you five dollars"
Blue Thunder" Frank Murphy ( Roy Scheider) times his escape out of Blue Thunderhelicopter when he destroys it by placing it right in front of a train.
Defending Your Life" Lena Foster ( Lee Grant) remarks "the Casio Corporation is one of the largest manufacuturer of timepieces in the universe"
Casio CZ synthesizers
Casio SD Synthesizers
List of digital camera brands
* [http://world.casio.com/ Casio Worldwide]
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