Laptop Computer Prototype, "GRiD Compass", 1981 Die-cast magnesium, injection-molded plastic. Gift of Bill Moggridge. 2010-22-1.
What is this?
Black rectangular tablet-like computer; one side opens to reveal screen and keyboard.
Why is this in our collection?
From Acquisition Justification: "In 1980 Moggridge and his firm had the opportunity to design a complete computer-the Grid Compass portable computer. Initially, his brief was to design the exterior case, a minimal, low, rectangular black box, the top horizontally bisected with a hinged section that lifts to reveal the screen and keyboard. Upon taking a prototype home, and starting to use it, he found that the interaction between user, object (hardware), and the software behind the screen, was as important as the physical form. Object and interface were both essential design elements in the complete experience of using the computer."
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: