Bill Moggridge, an early designer of portable computers with flip-open screens like those in use today, has died at age 69.
The British-born industrial designer died of cancer yesterday in San Francisco, according to the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where Moggridge had served as director since 2010.
In 1979, Moggridge designed the Grid Compass, a clamshell computer with a display that closed over the keyboard. Widely regarded as the first laptop, the Compass debuted in 1982 at a retail price of $8,150.
Made of a magnesium alloy case, the compass featured an Intel 8086 processor, a 320&… Read more