A battery -- that's innovationBefore the Osborne 1, the idea of non-military personnel being able to use a computer while not connected to an electrical outlet was not practical. The Osborne 1 included a batter pack that could power the PC out in the field. I can imagine this was a major innovative breakthrough and was definitely a foreshadowing of the future of portable/mobile computing.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.