Although today’s society is the Tablet PC and the application of invention and innovation era of the big bang, but these innovations and inventions are not achieved overnight. In fact, as early as the 1970s, a lot of people trying to develop a platform similar to the existing tablet PCs, but without success. These attempts were later iPad designers learn from, and ultimately led to the birth of the Tablet PC. This article will take the reader recall the history of the development of brain tablet. With a slender body, a flexible touch-screen operation, tablet PCs we live and work is increasingly becoming an integral part. According to the independence of the Washington-based Pew Research Center polling agency (Pew Research Center) survey report shows that now the United States, there are 22% of adults who have a tablet PC, and we are witnessing a new tablet computer technology development and popularization. In fact, the Tablet PC is already in the 1960s began to study, and part of the 1980s began to have business-type tablet PC into the market, but there is no popular, have little effect on Bale. Until now, the tablet PC was only widely used.
Dynabook is by the famous American computer scientist Alan Kai (Alan Kay) developed out in 1968, but it’s just a model, not the actual product. But Dynabook become a modern laptop and tablet blueprint. Dynabook weighs two pounds, the integration of all physical keyboard and GUI early elements. To promote the Dynabook, Alan even invented the Smalltalk programming language, and to develop graphical user interfaces, which is the prototype of Apple Macintosh computers. Allen designed Dynabook main users are children, so they can remotely access books and pictures to complete school work. Unfortunately, Dynabook never quantify the production, because the device required technology is not mature at the time. But the positive is, Dynabook computer designers for the later provides a very good inspiration.
Back in the late 1970s, iPad still exist only in science fiction which. But then Apple has already had relevant creative and designed a device called the Apple Graphics Tablet. From now on science and technology perspective, this is not a Tablet PC, because Apple Graphics Tablet does not have mobility. It’s just on an Apple II computer accessories, the user can use a wired iron stylus pen drawing in Graphics Tablet above or writing, this information will appear in the Apple II screen above. Admittedly, priced at $ 650 at the time of the Apple Graphics Tablet is indeed very strange, but did not succeed in the marketplace, so Apple Graphics Table soon to be a more effective screen navigation equipment is replaced, that is – mouse.
In the 1980s ushered in the development of the desktop market in the spring, but compared to the Tablet PC in terms of innovation is developed slowly. And GRiDpad become a breakthrough in the Tablet PC. GRiDPad using a personal computer was the same with MS-DOS operating system, and uses a 10-inch screen, with a very advanced handwriting recognition capabilities, which allow GRiDPad replaces the traditional physical keyboard. GRiDPad year’s price up to $ 2,370, this is definitely the 1980s luxury sector.
Although today’s perspective look at this display at the Museum in Mountain View, “tablet”, we feel this is absolutely Taiwan antiques. But at the time, this product lets IT industry was shocked, but also for the subsequent design PalmPilot and the Apple Newton had a profound impact.
The personal communication device is AT & T was just starting to enter the personal digital assistant market launch of the product . The device was originally developed by GO companies to build, due to AT & T valued its PenPoint operating system to buy. The device is priced at $ 2,500 that year , with e-mail , fax, calendar, address book , personal and small database application software such as word processors .
Unfortunately EO personal communication device does not enter the mainstream PC market, but also precisely because of poor market performance , was forced to shut down in July 1994 .
Palm Computing launched in 1996 PalmPilot handheld computer is Apple’s Newton personal digital assistant major competitors. The first PalmPilot handheld computers Pilot 1000 using a Palm Computing company developed Palm OS 1.0 operating system, there are 256K of memory.
Pilot 1000 Apple Newton more than smaller, cheaper , then call this phone have only the most basic functions . Palm Computing Pilot 1000 after the company also launched a follow-up version – 512K memory Pilot 5000. Pilot 1000 and Pilot 5000 sold for just $ 300 or so, battery life is also greatly improved. With calendar function , glass touch screen and desktop synchronization can also advanced performance , PalmPilot became a household name . Until later RIM launched the BlackBerry smartphone similar to the present , it appears to change this situation . But much like the PalmPilot as the first mainstream tablet electronic products should be remembered by posterity .
Japan’s Fujitsu computer company in 1998 released the company’s first and only of a Tablet PC – Stylistic 2300. The biggest feature is the introduction of the most advanced color touch screen . Stylistic 2300 running Microsoft Windows 95 and 98 operating systems , the use of touch-screen pen input information . And Stylistic 2300 with a transmissive display to reduce light reflection , this breakthrough handheld computer display in the outdoor reflective problem.
Although the owners are so many advanced features , Fujitsu in the building when the cost of this equipment is too expensive , making the price up to $ 4,485 . Such a high price for many business people are discouraged , Fujitsu also had the launch Styli stic 2300 , shortly after its production.
Microsoft in 2002 launched Smart Display ( code-named Mira) is a failure of the product . Smart Display 10 -inch and 15 inches in two versions, able to monitor via a wireless connection . Microsoft’s goal is to make monitors and TV anytime, anywhere access through a wireless network PC, use the PC all the resources and capabilities , but only if the PC and monitor, TV , or use the built-in Microsoft’s operating system . But then the Wi-Fi network is slow , and a Smart Display only be connected to a PC above . Because of the lack of an independent capacity , coupled with price up to $ 1,000 to $ 1,500 ( for the same price you can buy a good desktop PC configuration and even laptops ) , Microsoft had to stop production in 2003 Smart Display.
Microsoft always wanted to launch a Windows Tablet PC , Microsoft did not give up now , reportedly equipped with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 tablet. 2002 Microsoft released Windows XP system equipped with Tablet PC. The device requires the use of touch-screen pen input information , its advantage lies in the powerful handwriting recognition software. In order to improve the performance Tablet PC , Microsoft PC-class memory and CPU are crammed into the tablet computer, which also makes the Tablet PC to use them very lightweight. Plus the price advantage is not obvious , performance in general, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC this ultimately did not gain market acceptance .
?Axiotron Modbook released in 2007 can be said that the iPad predecessor, but is a bit clumsy. Modbook design idea is very simple, that is a souped up MacBook tablet . It is also because of this , Modbook equipped MacBook majority performance. Modbook , priced at around $ 2,000 .
Amazon’s Kindle eBook reader series has now developed to the fifth generation . Users can use the Kindle E-Reader with Wi-Fi to online shopping, download something , browse the web , read e-books , newspapers and magazines. Although the Kindle is not the world ‘s first e-book reader , but the Kindle eBook reader puts into the mainstream society. It is also because Kindle, e-book reader has become a touch-screen tablet computer all the major functions.
Through Kindle, Amazon also demonstrated his ability to let the user via a mobile device directly into the Amazon online shopping mall.
This is equipped with HP’s Windows 7 Slate Tablet PC operating system by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (Steve Ballmer) in the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show to launch , and has become a highlight of consumer show . However, this 8.9-inch Tablet PC Slate only in the Consumer Electronics Show to attract attention, soon after being ignored. A few weeks later because Apple introduced the iPad. People also began to realize that Windows 7 is not suitable for tablet PCs, Apple’s iPad tablet PC market is the mainstream product. This also allows Microsoft has a sense of crisis , Microsoft set out to develop more suitable for touch-screen tablet computer new system – Windows 8.
2010 marks Apple’s iPad touch-screen tablet computer technology really mature, but also easy to use and reasonably priced announced Tablet PC era.
The 9.7-inch device looks simple, the atmosphere, which hosts a large number of applications, price starting from $ 500, to provide different versions of storage capacity, and the user can according to their actual situation in Wi-Fi and 3G versions to choose between own iPad. At the time, people questioned the size of the iPad, but the iPad allows sales surging into question the kind words. The imitation of the iPad product began.
Now Apple has launched the third generation iPad – New iPad (the new iPad), based on the original iPad, Apple is adding New iPad Retina technology and 4G networks link function.