The Atari Touch Tablet has been featured here on the site before, but it was such a great bit of technology, it is worth bringing up again. Released in the early mid-eighties the tablet was way ahead of its time. In an age when many of us fiddled with computers, feeding in coordinate to draw shapes, the Touch Tablet gave users the ability to draw as if they had a digital piece of paper in front of them.
Designed by Atari’s Industrial Design group Tom Palecki, the tablet would inform computer input device design for years to come and much like the Atari Video Music might have been able to catch on if given more time or maybe just the right marketing. Now all we have left is decaying technology and a wonderful marketing campaign featuring Mr. Alan Alda.