Amazing 1977 MIT tablet

Your 70’s iPad grandfather

This is a video of an amazing 1977 MIT tablet that has much of the same functionality of an iPad today. I love the Captain Kirk chair but the interface needs some work. I wonder if the Apple Newton and Message Pad designers were aware of this?

What would be even more cool is if they had commercialized this. I wonder why more research isn’t made available for sale to the general public? There have to be tons of great technology that never get a chance because of the limited numbers of people who are aware of them. I always am surprised at the limits of access to technology.

Isn’t it surprising how often places like Xerox Parc and other institutions sat on technology that could have made them millions? Of course hindsight it 20/20 but if it is useful to them perhaps it would be useful to others. Wouldn’t it be a different history if instead of Microsoft/Apple, it would have been Xerox which is the only computer company? It would have been worse for consumers without the competition, so things worked out for the best.

Tech Time Warp of the Week: The 1977 Tablet Computer That Took Up an Entire Room – StumbleUpon.

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