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What is this?

Black rectangular housing, hinged at top center to open, clamshell-style, revealing a 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 is a laptop computer prototype from United States. It is dated 1981 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of Bill Moggridge. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

die-cast magnesium, injection-molded plastic

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 25.4 x 29.2 x 37.9 cm (10 in. x 11 1/2 in. x 14 15/16 in.)

This object was manufactured by GRiD Systems Corp. and designed by Bill Moggridge and firm: ID Two and design team member: Stephen Hobson

This object was donated by Bill Moggridge

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Laptop Computer Prototype, "GRiD Compass", 1981 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 November 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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