Bill Buxton Shows Off 35 Years of Tech Devices

Buxton has accumulated hundreds of items that struck him as interesting, unusual or important to the evolution of interactive devices -- watches, keyboards, mice, an electronic drum set, a 60-year-old transistor radio whose design inspired the iPod, a Nintendo Power Glove, several Etch-A-Sketches, and even the first so-called "smart" phone -- controlled by a touch-screen […]

Buxton has accumulated hundreds of items that struck him as interesting, unusual or important to the evolution of interactive devices -- watches, keyboards, mice, an electronic drum set, a 60-year-old transistor radio whose design inspired the iPod, a Nintendo Power Glove, several Etch-A-Sketches, and even the first so-called "smart" phone -- controlled by a touch-screen - first shown in 1993, 14 years before smart phones exploded onto the scene.

Bill Buxton had no intention of creating a museum-quality collection of technological devices. But over the course of 35 years, that's just what happened.

You can now browse the collecton in HTML here or using PivotViewer below:

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[source: Microsoft Press]