Artifact Details

Title

The Rand Tablet

Catalog Number

X450.84

Type

Physical object

Date

1963

Manufacturer

RAND Corporation

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Dimensions

1 x 24 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.

Description

The Rand tablet was one of the first devices for the input of freehand drawings. Its pen-like stylus sensed pulses of electricity coursing through the tablet's fine grid of conductors - fixing a position within one one-hundreth of an inch across the tablet's 11-inch square surface. The user could enter lines or points by pointing and record their coordinates by pressing down on the stylus.

Category

I/O: pointing: tablet

Subject

Input; Pointing

Credit

Gift of the Rand Corporation

Lot Number

X450.84

Related Records

X413.84A-B Rand Stylus