Owner: Jon Westly - Husky Computers
According to Jon:
In 1980 we designed a computer called the Husky. It was first manufactured in around
April(?) 1981 and measured 9 1/2" x 8" x2"(24cm x 19.5cm x 4cm) max. It weighed 2
Kgm with batteries.
I would like to think that it constituted a number of firsts - but this will depend on
- The first portable computer ..... (The Osbourne I was portable - but, as you say,
"portable?". The Husky was/is REALLY portable.)
- The first laptop computer ..... (Byte described it as a 'lapheld' in 82 I think - but
the expression laptop had not been created.) The issue here is whether a Laptop
has to be a clamshell. Husky have never made a clamshell because we make
rugged computers (see below) - and hinges create weakness. Notebooks clearly
implicate a hinge.
- The first handheld computer ....
- The first rugged computer .....
My thesis, baldly stated, is that in 81 something happened that created a two tier history
of computing. IBM effectively took computers to the mass indoors market (the rest is
Husky, in distinction, took computers to the outdoor market - their being waterproof
against accidental immersion and rugged - the original Husky could be safely driven
over, ensured their take-up by e.g. the military and the water utilities.
In niche markets Husky is as well known as IBM (geo-technical rugged field service,
emergency services), but the general consumer is likely to be unaware.
The result is that Husky is absent from the pages of computer history - part of a lost or
secret history. I would like to change that!
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