Artifact Details

Title

Tablet mesh of copper wire

Catalog Number

X544.85

Type

Physical object

Date

ca. 1965

Manufacturer

The RAND Corporation

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number RAND Tablet

Dimensions

overall: 24 in x 19 1/2 in x 1/8 in

Description

This item is the copper mesh for the RAND Tablet.

Category

I/O: pointing: tablet

Curator Notes

The Rand Tablet detected the location of a stylus by picking up a sequence of pulses that were transmitted in the wires that run across the tablet surface. The pulses were generated in a Gray code form with a unique coding in each of the thousand or more wires. The coding was built into the tablet artwork. Capacitive coupling between coding plates on one side of the artwork and the main wires on the other side did the trick without further electronics. You can see the gray code bars around the edge of the printed circuit board itself.

Credit

Gift of Ivan Sutherland

Lot Number

X544.85