Timeline of Computer History

Elektro and Sparko at the 1939 World’s Fair

Elektro at the World's Fair

Built by Westinghouse, the relay-based Elektro robot responds to the rhythm of voice commands and delivers wisecracks pre-recorded on 78 rpm records. It appeared at the World's Fair, and it could move its head and arms…and even "smoked" cigarettes.

Hewlett and Packard in their garage workshop

Hewlett-Packard is founded

David Packard and Bill Hewlett found their company in a Palo Alto, California garage. Their first product, the HP 200A Audio Oscillator, rapidly became a popular piece of test equipment for engineers. Walt Disney Pictures ordered eight of the 200B model to test recording equipment and speaker systems for the 12 specially equipped theatres that showed the movie “Fantasia” in 1940.

Edward Snowden, circa 2014

Edward Snowden

CDC 6600

CDC 6600 supercomputer introduced

Cleaning path of an iRobot Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaner

The Roomba is introduced

DEC Alpha chip die-shot

DEC announces Alpha chip architecture

Commodore 64 system

Commodore introduces the Commodore 64