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TRS-80 in school setting, c. 1982
Credit: Tandy Radio Shack Corporation

1970s - 1990s

During the 1970s, computers moved into the home in the form of microprocessor-based personal computers and game systems. The introduction of the IBM PC in 1981 was the most important event of that decade, creating a standard that is still in use today. More user-friendly machines such as the Apple Macintosh (based on the Xerox Alto), combined with more sophisticated software, resulted in computers that were inexpensive and powerful, yet easy to use. Here you will see some of these machines, as well as robots, printers, and computer graphics technologies of the time.

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