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Odysseys in Technology
Pioneering the Laptop: Engineering the GRiD Compass

Sun Microsystems Laboratories

Glenn Edens, Carol Hankins, Craig Mathias, Dave Paulsen, and John Markoff

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Member Reception - 6 PM - 7 PM
Lecture - 7 PM - 8:30 PM

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Introduced in 1982, the GRiD Compass 1100 was likely the first commercial computer created in a laptop format and one of the first truly portable machines. With its rugged magnesium clamshell case (the screen folds flat over the keyboard), switching power supply, electro-luminescent display, non-volatile bubble memory, and built-in modem, the hardware design incorporated many features that we take for granted today. Software innovations included a graphical operating system, an integrated productivity suite including word processor, spreadsheet, graphics and e-mail. GRiD Systems Corporation, founded in 1979 by John Ellenby and his co-founders Glenn Edens and David Paulsen, pioneered many portable devices including the laptop, pen-based and tablet PC form factors.

Join us as key members of the original GRiD engineering team Glenn Edens, Carol Hankins, Craig Mathias and Dave Paulsen share engineering stories from the Wild West of the laptop computer. Moderated by New York Times journalist John Markoff.

Odysseys in Technology, The Computer History Museum Speaker Series Sponsored by Sun Microsystems Laboratories, presents people and perspectives behind extraordinary innovations and advancements in the computer technology-related world. Each event in the Series provides stimulating interaction with authentic experts whose achievements have transformed how things are done or viewed, and examines how their personal stories might inform the present and future. These programs occasionally feature technologies or point events, with the objective to apply lessons of history to present day understanding and inspiration.

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