The precursor to the modern tablet computing system was invented in 1985 by a company called Pencept. The company received a license to create a line of handheld computers that worked through hand writing recognition. The small devices were widely popular and soon similar products became available from other companies. Unfortunately, the devices were found to be unreliable and many users went back to using their traditional paper calendars.
In 2002, Bill Gates announced the first modern version of this technology. The “PC Tablet” was much more efficient than its handheld predecessors. In the 10 years since, over 100 new tablets have arrived on the market, according to ZDNet.com.
Tablets have started making their way onto campus. Students and professors have integrated the use of tablets in both work and play.
Wright Abney, a sophomore biology and chemistry double major, uses his tablet both inside and outside of class.
“The main benefit I see to having a tablet in the classroom is the convenience of having all your books in a 1.34 lb device,” said Abney. “This is a lot better for me rather than having to carry your books in a bag that all together weigh up to at least 20 lbs.”
Many technology gurus say that the tablet has a long term projected success. According to PCWorld.com, PCs and tablets both have benefits, but the tablet may win in the end.
“The tablet has a real long-term viability as an additional device,” said Ezra Gottheil, senior analyst at Technology Business Research. “The tablet is going to replace the smallest and lightest PC.”