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An electron tube used in the earliest video cameras to capture images by scanning a photoactive mosaic with an electron beam.

[Originally a trademark.]
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(Broadcasting) a television camera tube in which an electron beam scans a photoemissive surface, converting an optical image into electrical pulses
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(aɪˈkɒn əˌskoʊp)

a television camera tube in which a beam of high-velocity electrons scans a photoemissive mosaic. Compare orthicon.
[1930–35; formerly a trademark]
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Noun1.iconoscope - the first practical television-camera for picture pickupiconoscope - the first practical television-camera for picture pickup; invented in 1923 by Vladimir Kosma Zworykin
television pickup tube, television-camera tube - a tube that rapidly scans an optical image and converts it into electronic signals
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When Television Academy founder Sid Cassyd and president Harry Lubcke were coming up with names for the awards ceremony, Cassyd suggested "Ike" because it was the nickname for the television iconoscope tube, according to the (http://www.emmys.com/content/history-emmy-1940s) Emmys website.
The iconoscope: a modern version of the electric eye.
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Television came into existence in 1923 with the invention of the Iconoscope the electric television tube.
Digital imaging can be traced back to the 1930s and Farnsworth's "image dissector" and Zoworokin's "iconoscope." (2) The evolution of digital imaging since then has been intrinsically coupled with that of the digital computer.