Evolution of Touch: How We Control Technology

By Cliff Edwards - 2012-03-06T20:47:35Z

Photographs by Mark Richards/Courtesy Computer History Museum

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Simon Personal Communicator Phone (1993)

It looked and worked like a smartphone, yet that name wouldn't be coined for several more years. Rather than loading up pockets and purses with a half-dozen different devices, Simon, a collaboration between IBM and BellSouth, offered e-mail, calling, paging, calendar functions and a pen-based sketchpad, all surrounded by a monochrome touchscreen.