Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey is one of the sites that should be on every geek pilgrimage itinerary.
Their Technology Showcase is a enshrined in a small exhibit area off of the main lobby. In the center of the exhibit, on a pedestal of its very own, is the first transistor. It looks like a very small piece of mixed media abstract sculpture, with geometric forms and wires bent in wonderful angles. If that were the only thing to see, it would still be worth the visit.
Nearby, the first MOSFET sits in an impressive array of other firsts, including an early CCD and a micro-mirror array.
Telstar, the world’s first active communications satellite hangs overhead. This one is a flight backup unit that was never used.
These fiberoptic preforms were placed under a polarizer so that the optical qualities of the cores would be more apparent to visitors.
There are many more beautiful objects, as well as interactive wall for exploring many world-changing developments that happened at and through Bell Labs.