Slideshow: The World's Weirdest Portable Computers!

21 peculiar - and patented - portables. Kids, don't try this (or buy this) at home.

By Harry McCracken, PC World |  Offbeat, laptop, patents

Portable Computer

Patent filed October 18th, 1982

Here's the groundbreaking granddaddy of all clamshell-style laptops - Grid’s Compass 1101, which also sported other, less lasting innovations such as a plasma display and bubble memory. The hinge was in the middle rather than the edge, but machines such as the TRS-80 Model 200 soon changed that. I wish my MacBook Pro had a fold-out foot like the one seen here.

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