The GRiD Compass 1101

GRiD Compass 1101 was the world’s first clamshell laptop, and also one of the most durable models at the time of its invention. What is the GRiD Compass 1101? Labeled “the grandaddy of laptop computers”, the idea for the GRiD (Graphical Retrieval Information Display) Compass 1101 was initially conceived back in 1979. The inventor behind […]

The Hewlett-Packard HP-65

Hewlett-Packard HP-65 was the world’s first hand-held programmable calculator, which paved the way for today’s much more powerful calculators. What is the Hewlett-Packard HP-65? Invented in 1974, the HP-65 marketed as the smallest programmable computer ever. It was able to run programs that had up to one hundred steps. The programs themselves were stored on […]

The Iomega Zip Drive

The Iomega Zip Drive was the most popular floppy disk storage system in the superfloppy niche during the 1990s. What is the Iomega Zip Drive? The Zip Drive was a removable floppy disk storage system launched in 1994 by Iomega. Zip disks were an offshoot from the more widely used floppy disks. Where the traditional […]

The Panasonic DVD-L10

By 1998, the world had already been introduced to portable music devices in the form of Sony’s Walkman and Discman. They’d also enjoyed portable TVs in the form of Sony’s Watchman. Not to be outdone by Sony, however, Panasonic introduced consumers to the portable DVD player, the Panasonic DVD-L10. Now, everyone could watch their favorite […]

LED

LED lights are ubiquitous today, but how much do we actually know about one of the most popular sources of illumination? What is an LED? The acronym LED doesn’t cover some complex scientific name, but simply stands for “light-emitting diode”. It was invented by Nick Holonyak for General Electric in 1962 and is basically a […]

The Sony Watchman

Sony has broken a lot of ground when it comes to portable devices. The 1980s saw them not only introduce people to the Walkman and Discman, but also the Watchman. As you might have guessed, the Watchman enabled users to watch TV on the go and was an early precursor to today’s tablet devices. What […]

The Epson HX-20

Most people today have a laptop, but current models have come along way from the original Epson HX-20. What is the Epson HX-20? The Epson HX-20 was invented by Yukio Yokozawa in 1980 and is considered the be the first laptop computer. Yokozawa worked for the company today known as Seiko Epson and received the […]

LED

LED lights are ubiquitous today, but how much do we actually know about one of the most popular sources of illumination? What is an LED? The acronym LED doesn’t cover some complex scientific name, but simply stands for “light-emitting diode”. It was invented by Nick Holonyak for General Electric in 1962 and is basically a […]

DiskOnKey

DiskOnKey was the first USB flash drive and gave birth to a technological revolution in data storage and transfer. What is DiskOnKey? The DiskOnKey was a revolutionary invention that combined two existing technologies: flash memory and the universal serial bus (USB). Flash memory was invented by Toshiba in the mid-eighties and the USB was invented […]

The Engelbart Mouse

The Engelbart Mouse sounds like a rodent species named after a zoologist. But it’s actually named after the inventor of one of the most widespread computer accessories: the mouse. What is the Engelbart Mouse? Douglas Engelbart was an American inventor who started working on the concept back in 1963 together with his partner William English. […]

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