The Hall 1 Typewriter

Thomas Hall, a Brooklyn engineer, invented this first index typewriter. A typewriter with no keyboard that requires one to use a selector (the black handle) to choose the characters when typing. It is housed in a handsome mahogany case with a beautiful brass handle and latch… More here.

Could be considered close to being the first laptop.

The ZX81

In 1981 : The ZX81 was launched. It was produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland by Timex Corporation… tweeted here.

Many memories of wondering what this product was at the time. I was 11 and it took a while before I got my ZX Spectrum and then spent many hours playing Match Point in my room.

What about you? What kicked off your computing?