Artifact Details

Title

Dynabook, The Complete Story

Catalog Number

102639873

Type

Moving Image

Date

1996

Participants

Kay, Alan, Speaker

Publisher

Sun Microsystems

Format

VHS

Description

Alan Kay, computer researcher and inventor, recounts the history of Dynabook, an early attempt to create a portable computing system. He begins talking about his influences, including Vannevar Bush’s MEMEX, the writings of Robert Heinlein, Douglas Engelbart, the MIT LINC project, J.C.R. Licklider’s work for ARPA, and the Burroughs 220 computer. He shows several film segments, including pieces of Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad film, work at the Rand Corporation, and a demonstration of the Smalltalk programming environment, and Dynabook concepts from 1973. Kay recalls his time at the University of Utah under Dave Evans and Bob Barton. An extended segment of an animation program is shown, demonstrating the kinds of programs children were creating with Smalltalk. Kay concludes by describing the NoteTaker portable computer.

Category

Talk

Series Title

Bay Area Computer History Perspectives

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