We’re living in a digital age, technology is literally at our fingertips every moment of the day now, it’s in our homes, it’s in our cars and it’s in our pockets. But how did we get here? It had to start somewhere. Here is a look at 10 computers that changed the world.
The year was 1944 and the tech-age was just getting it’s feet wet when Colossus came on the scene. Named for it’s massive size, this fully-programmable, digital computer was like nothing ever seen before. While many of it’s programming was done manually by manipulating jacks and wires, Colossus was able to complete complex tasks like nothing before it.
Before even Atari hit the scene, the Magnavox Odyssey was the first personal, digital gaming system on the market. This monster plugged into your television and used cartridges to play the game. While not as advanced as some of it’s more recent counterparts, this started the personal gaming evolution.
The Apple I was one of the first personal home computers on the market. It was fairly basic, and required use of your home television to run it, but this beast kick-started the careers of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.
The Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) is the home computer that changed the world. Now, consumers could have their own computer for gaming, or simple programming in their own homes.
What the Commodore PET started, the IBM PC revolutionized. This computer sold more units every minute than anything before it, and was flying off the shelves faster than they could produce them.
Now that business people had computers at work, and in their home, they wanted a way to transport their files easily from work to home. Enter the Osborne 1, this rough-looking portable computer shaped the way for modern laptops that we have now.
The Apple Macintosh
The Macintosh introduced the world to navigating your screen with a mouse in 1984, the technology we still use to this day.
The Apple iPhone
The release of the iPhone changes the way the world works. Now, not only do we have the technology and the internet in our homes and places of business, we also had the ability to take the internet with us everywhere we go. While some cell-phones launched prior to the iPhone were data enabled, none of them did it in the way the iPhone did, with sleek graphics, memory, and apps.
With the launch of the iPhone, came the need for a larger, handheld device. So the iPad was born. With interfacing similar to the iPhone, but larger, we now literally had a laptop that could be held in our hands.
The Microsoft Surface
The Microsoft Surface again revolutionized the way we work and stay connected. It is the best of both worlds between being a laptop and a tablet, it’s sleek and slim and you can carry it with you wherever you go. These powerful hybrids have all the benefits and power of a laptop, but the ease of use and minimalist look of a tablet.
The world is forever changing and technology is changing along with us. 30 years ago, home computers were just gaining popularity, and these days, everyone owns one, or two, or three varieties of personal electronics that help them stay connected, learn and run our daily lives.