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GRID COMPASS COMPUTER 1101 WITH BUNDLE PRINTER DISC SYSTEM 2102 DRIVE & MORE VTG:
GRID COMPASS COMPUTER 1101 WITH BUNDLE PRINTER DISC SYSTEM 2102 DRIVE & MORE VTG. Estate sale find in good vintage condition, Grid Compass Computer model: 1101 black color. Grid system card 1983, Computer comes with grid disk system 2102. And grid printer epson mx-82 terminal printer, Lots of instructions are also included. All items turns on but are NOT fully tested and NO way to do it. Power adapters and cables are included, Computer seems to respond and works. it has some scratches and scuffs with white dots from normal use. as a collectible and a treasure found, it will be a product good for someone that will take advantage of this or just for collection. please NOTE: the system is out of date and customer service for this item is obsolete, as a collector I DON'T give any guarantee for these devices. All these items are being SOLD AS IS - may need some repair or may NOT, or if you want to use them for parts is up to you.If you need more pictures please let me know, feel free to ask any questions. thank you for looking, NOTE:Items might be shipped in two or three boxes separately.According to Wikipedia: the grid compass (GRiD by its manufacturer) was one of the first laptop computers when the initial model was introduced in april 1982 (this model), the computer was designed by british industrial designer bill moggridge. it began development in 1979 and was eventually completed and sold three years later, the design used a clamshell case (where the screen folds flat to the rest of the computer when closed). which was made from a magnesium alloy, its specialized software and high price (8k to 10k) meant that it was limited to specialized applications. the main buyer was the US government, NASAused it on the space shuttle during the early 1980s as it was powerful - lightweight - compact. the military special forces also purchased the machine as it could be used by paratroopers in combat, references: "world's first laptop Osborne1 grid compass 1101" / dave "old computer".Along with the Gavilan SC and Sharp PC-5000 released the following year, the grid compass established much of the basic design of subsequent laptop computers. although the laptop concept itself owed much to the Dynabook project developed at xerox PARC from the late 1960s, the compass company subsequently earned significant returns on its patent rights as its innovations became commonplace. the portable Osborne 1 computer sold at around the same time as the grid, was more affordable and more popular and ran the popular CP/M operating system.unlike the compass the Osborne was NOT a laptop and lacked the compass's refinement and small size, the compass's manufacturer grid system corp was acquired by tandy corporation (radioshack) in 1988. on december 17 - 1983 fictional character murray bozinsky was shown using a grid compass 1101 in the television program riptide, season 1 - episode 3: "somebody's killing the great geeks of america"also john travolta's character uses one in the 1985 film: perfect, please seek wikipedia page for further information on this laptop computer.
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