USA Today releases its "25 Years of Eureaka Moments" list for TECH today and Sony is in there at number 7 for ... lithium batteries. Specifically they get mention as the company that first brought them to consumer electronics in 1991. Nice to see some props for Sony's willingness to push the tech edge given recent lithium battery problems. Four of the other Top 10 now use the lithium battery tech as well.
Though SONY is not specifically mentioned in connection to DVD technology (ranked #4) they were very much involved in getting that technology out to the consumer masses as well.
Sony pushing the expensive end of consumer tech that eventually gets widely adopted...imagine that.