Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Collecting technology: 1st time exhibit of Bill Buxton's tech collection -- Engadget

achMicrosoft's Bill Buxton exhibits gadget collection 35 years in the making -- Engadget:
"... exhibiting in public for the first time at a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia this week. Not able to check it out in person? Then you can thankfully settle for the next best thing, as Microsoft Research has also put the entire collection online, complete with Buxton's own notes for each of the items (which range from Etch-a-Sketches to watches to a range of different input devices"

Buxton has accumulated hundreds of items that struck him as interesting, unusual or important to the evolution of interactive devices – watches, keyboards, mice, an electronic drum set, a 60-year-old transistor radio whose design inspired the iPod, a Nintendo Power Glove, several Etch-A-Sketches, and even the first so-called "smart" phone – controlled by a touch-screen - first shown in 1993, 14 years before smart phones exploded onto the scene.

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