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Colby WalkMac prototype

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Colby WalkMac prototype
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The following was the description from the the eBay seller of this item I bought in 2008:

This is a rare Prototype Colby Walkmac with a Red Screen!

Colby was the first to develop a "Portable Macintosh" even before Apple Computer did!

This unit is extremely RARE! This is the only one of these I’ve ever seen!!

This auction is for the computer, disk drive, power cords, keyboard & mouse. A system 6.1 for the Mac is included, nothing else.

From Chuck Colby’s website:
Colby WalkMac (The First Mac Laptop)

This is the famous Colby WalkMac that was on the cover of all the magazines. Customers ranged from the Grateful Dead rock band to Peter Jennings of CBS news. It was the first battery powered Mac and the first portable Mac with an LCD display. Many thousands of these were sold from1987 to1991, and before Apple came out with their portable, when anyone called Apple in search of a portable Mac, Apple gave them Colby’s Phone number. Even when Apple came out with their portable, the WalkMac SE 30 continued to sell well because the first Apple Portable was way underpowered compared to the WalkMac SE30, which was based on the Mac SE 30 motherboard. The name was later changed to Colby SE30 after Sony threatened to sue over the name WalkMac because they said it was too close to Walkman.

The Colby WalkMac was the first battery powered laptop MacIntosh. It was first introduced in 1986 and then later upgraded to the WalkMac SE30 when the Mac Se30 came out.

This prototype WalkMac was all aluminum construction and was the first portable computer that had a removable back-light for the LCD display.(1986) By unplugging the back-light unit, you could set the display on an overhead projector and project the screen image onto a large screen. This was later patented (wrongly) by someone from Taiwan.

Colby WalkMac prototype
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Image by jimabeles
The following was the description from the the eBay seller of this item I bought in 2008:

This is a rare Prototype Colby Walkmac with a Red Screen!

Colby was the first to develop a "Portable Macintosh" even before Apple Computer did!

This unit is extremely RARE! This is the only one of these I’ve ever seen!!

This auction is for the computer, disk drive, power cords, keyboard & mouse. A system 6.1 for the Mac is included, nothing else.

From Chuck Colby’s website:
Colby WalkMac (The First Mac Laptop)

This is the famous Colby WalkMac that was on the cover of all the magazines. Customers ranged from the Grateful Dead rock band to Peter Jennings of CBS news. It was the first battery powered Mac and the first portable Mac with an LCD display. Many thousands of these were sold from1987 to1991, and before Apple came out with their portable, when anyone called Apple in search of a portable Mac, Apple gave them Colby’s Phone number. Even when Apple came out with their portable, the WalkMac SE 30 continued to sell well because the first Apple Portable was way underpowered compared to the WalkMac SE30, which was based on the Mac SE 30 motherboard. The name was later changed to Colby SE30 after Sony threatened to sue over the name WalkMac because they said it was too close to Walkman.

The Colby WalkMac was the first battery powered laptop MacIntosh. It was first introduced in 1986 and then later upgraded to the WalkMac SE30 when the Mac Se30 came out.

This prototype WalkMac was all aluminum construction and was the first portable computer that had a removable back-light for the LCD display.(1986) By unplugging the back-light unit, you could set the display on an overhead projector and project the screen image onto a large screen. This was later patented (wrongly) by someone from Taiwan.


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Colby WalkMac prototype

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Colby WalkMac prototype
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Image by jimabeles
The following was the description from the the eBay seller of this item I bought in 2008:

This is a rare Prototype Colby Walkmac with a Red Screen!

Colby was the first to develop a "Portable Macintosh" even before Apple Computer did!

This unit is extremely RARE! This is the only one of these I’ve ever seen!!

This auction is for the computer, disk drive, power cords, keyboard & mouse. A system 6.1 for the Mac is included, nothing else.

From Chuck Colby’s website:
Colby WalkMac (The First Mac Laptop)

This is the famous Colby WalkMac that was on the cover of all the magazines. Customers ranged from the Grateful Dead rock band to Peter Jennings of CBS news. It was the first battery powered Mac and the first portable Mac with an LCD display. Many thousands of these were sold from1987 to1991, and before Apple came out with their portable, when anyone called Apple in search of a portable Mac, Apple gave them Colby’s Phone number. Even when Apple came out with their portable, the WalkMac SE 30 continued to sell well because the first Apple Portable was way underpowered compared to the WalkMac SE30, which was based on the Mac SE 30 motherboard. The name was later changed to Colby SE30 after Sony threatened to sue over the name WalkMac because they said it was too close to Walkman.

The Colby WalkMac was the first battery powered laptop MacIntosh. It was first introduced in 1986 and then later upgraded to the WalkMac SE30 when the Mac Se30 came out.

This prototype WalkMac was all aluminum construction and was the first portable computer that had a removable back-light for the LCD display.(1986) By unplugging the back-light unit, you could set the display on an overhead projector and project the screen image onto a large screen. This was later patented (wrongly) by someone from Taiwan.

Colby WalkMac prototype
Laptop Batteries

Image by jimabeles
The following was the description from the the eBay seller of this item I bought in 2008:

This is a rare Prototype Colby Walkmac with a Red Screen!

Colby was the first to develop a "Portable Macintosh" even before Apple Computer did!

This unit is extremely RARE! This is the only one of these I’ve ever seen!!

This auction is for the computer, disk drive, power cords, keyboard & mouse. A system 6.1 for the Mac is included, nothing else.

From Chuck Colby’s website:
Colby WalkMac (The First Mac Laptop)

This is the famous Colby WalkMac that was on the cover of all the magazines. Customers ranged from the Grateful Dead rock band to Peter Jennings of CBS news. It was the first battery powered Mac and the first portable Mac with an LCD display. Many thousands of these were sold from1987 to1991, and before Apple came out with their portable, when anyone called Apple in search of a portable Mac, Apple gave them Colby’s Phone number. Even when Apple came out with their portable, the WalkMac SE 30 continued to sell well because the first Apple Portable was way underpowered compared to the WalkMac SE30, which was based on the Mac SE 30 motherboard. The name was later changed to Colby SE30 after Sony threatened to sue over the name WalkMac because they said it was too close to Walkman.

The Colby WalkMac was the first battery powered laptop MacIntosh. It was first introduced in 1986 and then later upgraded to the WalkMac SE30 when the Mac Se30 came out.

This prototype WalkMac was all aluminum construction and was the first portable computer that had a removable back-light for the LCD display.(1986) By unplugging the back-light unit, you could set the display on an overhead projector and project the screen image onto a large screen. This was later patented (wrongly) by someone from Taiwan.


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Apple Newton Tablet prototype codename, “Bic”

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Apple Newton Tablet prototype codename, “Bic”
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This came from someone who managed the mobile computing development group at Coke (as in Coca Cola) who reported that they did a lot of work with Apple. He said it was not built specifically for Coke and there were never any firm plans with it.

"Apple was more or less searching for a reason to build the tablet and never did find a market. I have no idea how many exist. I only know of one other and it is in a computer museum in California."

Based on the partial sticker on this as well as the sticker on the prototype stylus, it appears to be serial number 36.

Unfortunately, it came without a power supply and I’ve never been able to power it up (it’s a weird port size and shape – unlike other Newtons).

The following comes from Studio Taktika (http://www.taktika.com/StudioTaktika/portfolio/newton_web/newton_3.htm ):

Newton handheld, based on a letter-size footprint, featuring 2 pcmcia cards, retractable I/O door, removable battery pack, push-push stylus, IR, microphone and speaker.

From www.a-in-a-circle.com/newton/bic.html :

Ok. The team started from scratch again and designed a new device still following the old ideas. It was codenamed "Bic". Meanwhile the market developed a new and better touchsensitive screen which weren’t that precise and bright but much, much cheaper. They also thought that a second PCMCIA slot would be a good idea, because one was supposed to be used by a modem…. and where should the RAM card go?

Apple Newton Tablet prototype in custom/branded Newton leather case
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This came from someone who managed the mobile computing development group at Coke (as in Coca Cola) who reported that they did a lot of work with Apple. He said it was not built specifically for Coke and there were never any firm plans with it.

"Apple was more or less searching for a reason to build the tablet and never did find a market. I have no idea how many exist. I only know of one other and it is in a computer museum in California."

Based on the partial sticker on this as well as the sticker on the prototype stylus, it appears to be serial number 36.

Unfortunately, it came without a power supply and I’ve never been able to power it up (it’s a weird port size and shape – unlike other Newtons).

The following comes from Studio Taktika (http://www.taktika.com/StudioTaktika/portfolio/newton_web/newton_3.htm ):

Newton handheld, based on a letter-size footprint, featuring 2 pcmcia cards, retractable I/O door, removable battery pack, push-push stylus, IR, microphone and speaker.

From www.a-in-a-circle.com/newton/bic.html :

Ok. The team started from scratch again and designed a new device still following the old ideas. It was codenamed "Bic". Meanwhile the market developed a new and better touchsensitive screen which weren’t that precise and bright but much, much cheaper. They also thought that a second PCMCIA slot would be a good idea, because one was supposed to be used by a modem…. and where should the RAM card go?


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Apple Newton Tablet prototype modem, I/O & speaker port door cover

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Apple Newton Tablet prototype modem, I/O & speaker port door cover
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Image by jimabeles
This came from someone who managed the mobile computing development group at Coke (as in Coca Cola) who reported that they did a lot of work with Apple. He said it was not built specifically for Coke and there were never any firm plans with it.

"Apple was more or less searching for a reason to build the tablet and never did find a market. I have no idea how many exist. I only know of one other and it is in a computer museum in California."

Based on the partial sticker on this as well as the sticker on the prototype stylus, it appears to be serial number 36.

Unfortunately, it came without a power supply and I’ve never been able to power it up (it’s a weird port size and shape – unlike other Newtons).

The following comes from Studio Taktika (http://www.taktika.com/StudioTaktika/portfolio/newton_web/newton_3.htm ):

Newton handheld, based on a letter-size footprint, featuring 2 pcmcia cards, retractable I/O door, removable battery pack, push-push stylus, IR, microphone and speaker.

From www.a-in-a-circle.com/newton/bic.html :

Ok. The team started from scratch again and designed a new device still following the old ideas. It was codenamed "Bic". Meanwhile the market developed a new and better touchsensitive screen which weren’t that precise and bright but much, much cheaper. They also thought that a second PCMCIA slot would be a good idea, because one was supposed to be used by a modem…. and where should the RAM card go?

Apple Newton Tablet prototype attached to the custom/branded Newton leather case
Computer Battery

Image by jimabeles
This came from someone who managed the mobile computing development group at Coke (as in Coca Cola) who reported that they did a lot of work with Apple. He said it was not built specifically for Coke and there were never any firm plans with it.

"Apple was more or less searching for a reason to build the tablet and never did find a market. I have no idea how many exist. I only know of one other and it is in a computer museum in California."

Based on the partial sticker on this as well as the sticker on the prototype stylus, it appears to be serial number 36.

Unfortunately, it came without a power supply and I’ve never been able to power it up (it’s a weird port size and shape – unlike other Newtons).

The following comes from Studio Taktika (http://www.taktika.com/StudioTaktika/portfolio/newton_web/newton_3.htm ):

Newton handheld, based on a letter-size footprint, featuring 2 pcmcia cards, retractable I/O door, removable battery pack, push-push stylus, IR, microphone and speaker.

From www.a-in-a-circle.com/newton/bic.html :

Ok. The team started from scratch again and designed a new device still following the old ideas. It was codenamed "Bic". Meanwhile the market developed a new and better touchsensitive screen which weren’t that precise and bright but much, much cheaper. They also thought that a second PCMCIA slot would be a good idea, because one was supposed to be used by a modem…. and where should the RAM card go?

Apple Newton Tablet prototype stylus
Computer Battery

Image by jimabeles
This came from someone who managed the mobile computing development group at Coke (as in Coca Cola) who reported that they did a lot of work with Apple. He said it was not built specifically for Coke and there were never any firm plans with it.

"Apple was more or less searching for a reason to build the tablet and never did find a market. I have no idea how many exist. I only know of one other and it is in a computer museum in California."

Based on the partial sticker on this as well as the sticker on the prototype stylus, it appears to be serial number 36.

Unfortunately, it came without a power supply and I’ve never been able to power it up (it’s a weird port size and shape – unlike other Newtons).

The following comes from Studio Taktika (http://www.taktika.com/StudioTaktika/portfolio/newton_web/newton_3.htm ):

Newton handheld, based on a letter-size footprint, featuring 2 pcmcia cards, retractable I/O door, removable battery pack, push-push stylus, IR, microphone and speaker.

From www.a-in-a-circle.com/newton/bic.html :

Ok. The team started from scratch again and designed a new device still following the old ideas. It was codenamed "Bic". Meanwhile the market developed a new and better touchsensitive screen which weren’t that precise and bright but much, much cheaper. They also thought that a second PCMCIA slot would be a good idea, because one was supposed to be used by a modem…. and where should the RAM card go?


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Working Prototype C1 Electric Vehicle by Lit Motors

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Working Prototype C1 Electric Vehicle by Lit Motors
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In addition to the frame, body and battery recharging system there’s an intricate nervous system spread throughout the vehicle that collects data and returns instructions processed by two Intel Core i7 desktop computer chips. This is what turns the motorcycle into a robot.

"There are servos, gyro and traction motors, inertia and infra red sensors, temperature and heat sensors, really a myriad of sensors that all feed data to be processed," said Danny Kim, founder, president and CTO of Lit Motors. "Through that process, a command goes to the gryos to tilt and lean the vehicle to keep it balanced or to lean into a turn — it’s all heavily based on the computer processing system."

Thinkpad T500 Unboxing
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The computer shown here is a T61 14" — and it’s the same battery as my new T500. Nice!


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Apple Newton Tablet prototype battery compartment door open

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Apple Newton Tablet prototype battery compartment door open
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Image by jimabeles
This came from someone who managed the mobile computing development group at Coke (as in Coca Cola) who reported that they did a lot of work with Apple. He said it was not built specifically for Coke and there were never any firm plans with it.

"Apple was more or less searching for a reason to build the tablet and never did find a market. I have no idea how many exist. I only know of one other and it is in a computer museum in California."

Based on the partial sticker on this as well as the sticker on the prototype stylus, it appears to be serial number 36.

Unfortunately, it came without a power supply and I’ve never been able to power it up (it’s a weird port size and shape – unlike other Newtons).

The following comes from Studio Taktika (http://www.taktika.com/StudioTaktika/portfolio/newton_web/newton_3.htm ):

Newton handheld, based on a letter-size footprint, featuring 2 pcmcia cards, retractable I/O door, removable battery pack, push-push stylus, IR, microphone and speaker.

From www.a-in-a-circle.com/newton/bic.html :

Ok. The team started from scratch again and designed a new device still following the old ideas. It was codenamed "Bic". Meanwhile the market developed a new and better touchsensitive screen which weren’t that precise and bright but much, much cheaper. They also thought that a second PCMCIA slot would be a good idea, because one was supposed to be used by a modem…. and where should the RAM card go?

Viobot’s Brains
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Image by GregRob
So here are the Viobot’s brains, a Raspberry PI GNU/Linux computer. Running from battery with a wireless (configuration pending) connection.


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Prototype board

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Prototype board
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The prototype of the control board for the autonomous rolling ball project. On the PCB is the "H-Bridge" – electronics for controlling the two motors of the prototype. On the white mini-breadboard sits a tiny avr-chip (attiny13v) used for generating test signals.

Tips for Power Management
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Image by Kevin Krejci


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Newton “Cadillac” Prototype

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Newton “Cadillac” Prototype
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Back view — modem port, video port, audio out port, stylus port, lanyard loop, battery release button.

A prototype of the larger, tablet-style Newton.

This item is part of a collection obtained from Russ Uzes, October 2004.

BlogPhiladelphia 7/2007 panorama
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Image by highstrungloner
Poorly-exposed but otherwise not bad panorama. My battery expired before I got completely to the right side, dammit!


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Newton “Cadillac” Prototype

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Newton “Cadillac” Prototype
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Image by splorp
Back view — modem port, video port, audio out port, stylus port, lanyard loop, battery release button.

A prototype of the larger, tablet-style Newton.

This item is part of a collection obtained from Russ Uzes, October 2004.

BlogPhiladelphia 7/2007 panorama
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Image by highstrungloner
Poorly-exposed but otherwise not bad panorama. My battery expired before I got completely to the right side, dammit!


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Newton “Cadillac” Prototype

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Newton “Cadillac” Prototype
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Image by splorp
Side view — battery release, lanyard loop, stylus port, audio out port, video out port, modem port.

A prototype of the larger, tablet-style Newton.

This item is part of a collection obtained from Russ Uzes, October 2004.

Newton Inside
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This is an x-ray showing the interior of a Newton MessagePad 2000. The image was originally posted by Jonathan Sanderson on Pondlife, the North of England Newton Users Group website. The site is now offline, but bits of the content can still be perused via the Internet Archive .

I am reposting the image here for future reference and subsequent annotation. Most Newton owners have never seen the inside of their handheld, let alone in this form. I am also attempting to track down the high resolution false colour versions of this image.

Credits:

Original image by Martin Bartos
Scanned by Lucy Coles
Manipulated by Jonathan Sanderson


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