HP TouchSmart’s Great Grandfather, HP Touch 150.

Although I wasn’t around for this, it’s interesting to see what the first mainstream “Touch” computer looked like.

Introducing, from the Computer Chronicles television show, the HP Touch 150 Computer, circa 1983. Even at this point Touchscreen computers weren’t exactly a new idea, they just weren’t very popular outside of business use. Few home users did own them, but they carried a heavy price tag.

It makes you wonder why it took 20 years to “re-invent” this idea and attempt to set this as the computer standard. Seriously, computer engineers, what were you doing? Focusing on 3D? Because that’s another project that’s been out for years and is just now getting the attention it deserves.

Enjoy the trip down memory lane…

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