Said to be the first laptop computer, The GRiD compass was designed in 1979 by Bill Moggridge. In its day, the 320×200 display, bubble RAM and integrated 1200 bps modem made it the province of only the most spendy outfits: Nasa and the U.S. Military, and not so much you or I.
It’s one of several fascinating items at Royal Pingdom’s gallery of vintage computer hardware. I would like an ugly netbook just like it, with a miniature but clacky IBM-style keyboard.
Gallery of Historical PC Hardware [Royal Pingdom via Wired: Gadget Lab]