Priced at $2995 ($6841.40 in today's dollars), the Hewlett-Packard HP 110, also known as the HP Portable, was basically an MS-DOS compatible laptop released in 1984. It featured a Harris 80C86 running at 5.33-MHz with 272 KB of RAM, and had an 80 character by 16 line monochrome (480 x 128 pixel) liquid crystal display. The device ran MS-DOS 2.11, and had the application programs MemoMaker, Terminal Emulator and Lotus 123 in ROM. Its LCD could be tilted for better viewing, or just folded down over the keyboard for easy transport. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.
A car enthusiast named Tom Holden took a stock 1959 Chevrolet El Camino in the early 60s, and transformed it into "Ultimus". As you can see, it features a double bubble top, split seat base, futuristic (at the time) dashboard-mounted TV display, center armrest-mounted telephone, tape recorder, and get this, a functional mini bar, complete with glass, shaker as well as several brands of liquor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
First unveiled in 1983, the Apple Bashful was a tablet computer far ahead of its time. This prototype, along with the others you're about to see, were all created by Frog Design Inc., which is a global design and innovation firm founded in 1969 by industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger in Mutlangen, Germany as "esslinger design". Their first designs for computer manufacturers were for proprietary systems by CTM (Computertechnik Muller) in 1970 and Diehl Data Systems in 1979. More prominent are the designs for Apple Computer, starting with the case of the portable Apple IIc, introducing the Snow White design language used by Apple during 1984-90, and continuing with several Macintosh models. The firm designed Sun's SPARCstations in 1989 and the NeXT Computer in 1987. Continue reading for more.
Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line. This operating system runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation, to provide an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, in addition to existing MS-DOS software. Company founder Bill Gates spearheaded development after seeing a demo of a similar software suite known as Visi On at COMDEX. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.
The Martin P6M SeaMaster, built by the Glenn L. Martin Company, was essentially a 1950s strategic bomber flying boat for the U.S. Navy that almost entered service. Envisioned as a way to give the Navy a strategic nuclear force, the SeaMaster was eclipsed by the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile. Due to the political situation at the Pentagon, the Navy promoted the P6M primarily as a high speed mine layer. Continue reading for more cool facts. Click here for more bonus images.
Germany Around 1900: A Portrait in Colour provides us with a rare look at the country before the World Wars ravished it. By 1900, Germany's rapidly expanding industrial economy passed Britain's, allowing a naval race and an aggressive foreign policy. They led the Central Powers in World War I (1914-1918) against France, Great Britain, Russia and (by 1917) the United States. By 1900, its rapidly expanding industrial economy passed Britain's, allowing a naval race and an aggressive foreign policy. Germany led the Central Powers in World War I (1914-1918) against France, Great Britain, Russia and (by 1917) the United States. Continue reading for more pictures.
Many people have stopped reading magazines and books in favor of their digital versions, but back in 1983, a Rolling Stone magazine issue with Carrie Fisher promoting Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as Slave Leia was a worldwide sensation. According to Marvel comic book artist J. Scott Cambell, there is some bad news: "Disney is already well on it's [sic] way to wiping out the 'slave' outfit from any future products period. You will NOT see and [sic] future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again. Trust me. I've heard it from two sources. We can't even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit! We also had a 3-D SL statue killed at a major manufacturer because there will no longer be any SL merchandise." Continue reading for more images. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes Star Wars images.
Tonight, Arizona, Nevada and even some California residents in Victor Valley, witnessed several fireballs streaking across the night sky. The objects were described as colorful and round in the western sky heading west just after 6:15 P.M., on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. "It looked like a comet because it changed colors. Green to red. It was really cool," said resident Todd N Zabrina Martin. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Ever wonder just how much wind a human can withstand without any permanent damage? Well, NASA found out with this crazy wind blast test from 1946. To be more specific: "Test conducted in 1946 where a human subject was exposed to blasts of air. The test was performed at NASA Langley Research Center's 8 ft High Speed Tunnel." Continue reading for another NASA centrifuge gravity simulation test from the 1960s.
Before the MP4-12C, 650S, P1, 675LT and 570S, there was the McLaren M12, an open-cockpit racing car developed by Bruce McLaren Motor Racing in 1969, solely for the purpose of selling to customers in the Can-Am series. The M12 combined elements from two of McLaren's previous efforts, the M6 series and the M8 series. Continue reading for two more videos, additional pictures and information.