Linked by fran on Tue 11th Sep 2012 19:26 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Bill Moggridge, the London-born industrial designer credited with creating the first laptop computer,died on Saturday aged 69 after a battle with cancer. Moggridge is best known as the creator of the GRiD Compass, a device which introduced many of the design traits used in modern laptops, including the hinged case, the flat display and the low-profile keyboard. Moggridge said that when he tested the device prototype in 1981, it was the first time he had used a computer."
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Not a laptop or at least not the first
by puenktchen on Wed 12th Sep 2012 08:59 UTC
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

The first laptop was the Epson HX-20, introduced in 1981. The Grid Compass was only introduced in 1982, and more important, it didn't run on batteries, why it doesn't qualify as laptop.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I think the point being made is that the Epson, and Dynabook concept - which predates the Epson by 20 odd years, don't *look* like a modern laptop. They are more like slabs with a keyboard. The GRiD Compass actually *looks* a lot like a modern Laptop design.

I'm sitting here with my laptop plugged in to the mains sans battery (as keeping a Lithium-Ion battery connected to the mains constantly at full charge will kill it dead, dead, dead before too long unless the inbuilt charging circuit is very, very good.) Does that mean I don't have a laptop? It's effectively a desktop, and gets used 90% of its like at a desk. Ponder that :-)

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smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

as keeping a Lithium-Ion battery connected to the mains constantly at full charge will kill it dead, dead, dead before too long unless the inbuilt charging circuit is very, very good.


nowadays every midrange laptop should have no problem with this

except if it's form apple
those bastards even had the nerve to celebrate balanced battery-packs as something completely new

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