As one of the largest manufacturers of consumer and professional electronic products, the largest video game console company and the largest video game publisher in the world, it should come as no surprise that Sony has started with selling rice cookers. But fully failed on the market. There are nuggets of information that you perhaps haven't heard of. Here's a short collection of the 8 most interesting facts about Sony.

Who made Sony?
Sony - Products
Sony - Story of PlayStation
Sony - Bizarre Creations
Sony - Innovations
Sony - Total Revenue
Sony - Staff Uniforms in the 70s and 80s
Sony - Acquisitions
Sony - Conclusion
Sony - FAQs

15 Facts About Sony

Who made Sony?

Sony was founded by Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka in 1946. Initially, the company was called TTK or Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. But later the name "Sony" was chosen for the brand as a mix of two words: one was the Latin word "sonus", which is the root of sonic and sound, and the other was "sonny", a common slang term used in 1950s America to call a young boy. While on the contrary, "sonny boys" is a loan word used in 1950s Japan to call smart and presentable young men.

Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka are the one who made Sony.
Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka are the one who made Sony.

There was a student because of whom Sony became what it is today. But do you know how it started to focus its efforts to make its audio reception and quality better? All the credit can be given to an opera student at the Tokyo Academy of Art. This student complained to the founders about the bad quality of its first batch of sound recorders. The founders were impressed with him and happy about the critique. They eventually hired the boy to make an improvement in the product.

Sony - Products

The idea of Walkman was never something that any executive at Sony was keen for. This was a product that revolutionized world music. It changed the way we hear music. This was the reason it went on 'to be sold' for 31 years. The Walkman was sold as ย โ€œSoundaboutโ€ in the US, โ€œStowawayโ€ in the United Kingdom, and โ€œFreestyleโ€ in Australia.

The reason behind this was that overseas sales companies thought this name of as Japanese-English. Sony America initially suggested the name โ€œSony Disco Joggerโ€.

Sony is not just a company that makes for the living rooms but has also produced electronics for those who are behind bars. This issue is known as the prison-issue Walkman SRF-39FP. ย FP stands for Federal Prison.

Sony Walkman - Facts about Sony
Sony Walkman

It comes with a transparent body. A see-through case prevents the inmates from hiding any contraband inside. But despite their inability to store devices. These small boxes were capable to pick up radio signals through the walls along with a battery backup of 40 hours.

The company started producing pocket radios in the late 1950s and claimed it was the worldโ€™s smallest radio. However, the problem which the company faced was the radios were too big to fit in shirt pockets. To get around this obstacle, custom-made shirts with larger pockets were ordered for its salesmen, to make the radios look pocket-fit.

Sony - Story of PlayStation

Nintendo actually signed an agreement with Sony to manufacture an add-on device that could play CDs (Compact Disks) for their Nintendo console. But there were some complications between Nintendo and Sony over software licensing for the newly developed add-on device. So, the partnership fell off all of a sudden.

Then, Sony went ahead and worked on the new console on its own. It was 1994 when Sony released the first PlayStation console. And, the rest is history.

Sony PlayStation - Facts about Sony
Sony PlayStation

Sony - Bizarre Creations

One of the bizarre creations that Sony could never make it to the market was Chorroco, a mini plastic VW campervan that sat on the vinyl record and played music through its speaker as it drove around it.

Sony Chorocco

In 1998, Sony made a fool of itself by releasing a camcorder with night vision. What was so special about this? The camera could be used to see through the clothes. Anyone who wore dark clothes would be exposed. It used Infra-Red light. The company however recalled the product despite selling over 70,000 pieces.

Sony - Innovations

Sony was famous for its inventions. They always looked towards developing newer things. Sony was the developer of compact disks and floppy disks in association with other companies. Sony had some impacts on the development of flask drives.


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Sony - Total Revenue

Sony saw some pretty bad years and is now trying to come back to the top. As of 2019 the company had revenue of $80Billion. The net income of the company is $8Billion as of 2019.

SONY Q3 2019 earnings
SONY Q3 2019 earnings 

Sony - Staff Uniforms in the 70s and 80s

Let me tell you one of the fun facts about Sony. Sony had implemented a dress code during the late '70s and early '80s. Issey Miyake, a fashion designer in Japan, designed the uniform for all the staff of Sony.

Issey Miyake is one of the famous fashion designers of Japan known for his technology-driven clothing designs.
Issey Miyake is one of the famous fashion designers of Japan known for his technology-driven clothing designs.

Interestingly, the iconic black turtlenecks worn by Steve Jobs were also designed by Issey Miyake. And, getting inspired by the idea of Sony uniform, Steve Jobs actually tried to implement a new dress code for his Apple employees as well. But nobody liked the idea of a uniform at Apple.


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Sony - Acquisitions

Sony's recent acquisition is Housemarque, the Finnish studio behind the recent PS5 exclusive Returnal.

Name of Sony Acquisitions Funding Date
CBS Records Group $2,000,000,000 5 January 1988
Aiwa - 27th September 2002
Grouper Networks $650,000,000 23 August 2006
Gracenote $260,000,000 2 July 2008

Sony - Conclusion

It would be hard to find anyone that doesnโ€™t know about Sony or has not even heard of it. If you have read the post above, then you will know that Sony has gone through a lot of breakthroughs and setbacks.

Despite being surrounded by naysayers, Sony is making highly innovative technologies and products available to us on a consistent basis. We hope they will continue to do so.

Sony - FAQs

What is unique about Sony?

Sony is an electronics manufacturer who has gone above what many other electronic companies value, as such Sony has brought us many great inventions which have benefited mankind. Sony continues to innovate and be a world-class leader in reliable electronics, with that elegant and ergonomic Sony style.

What is Sony famous for?

Sony designs and sells electronic equipment, consumer electronics products, home entertainment products, mobile communication devices and imaging products and services.

How did Sony get its name?

Sony, which became the official name for the company in January 1958, was derived from the Latin word "sonus" (sound) and was conceived to be an international and not a Japanese term.

Which country made Sony?

Sony is a Japanese company.

Why did Sony fail?

The high price tag is undoubtedly a major flaw in Sony's phones. They have poor battery life and charging speed. Low specs even for flagships. Poor sound quality and damn signal plus weird design.

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