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Laptop inventor Bill Moggridge dies

  • Bill Moggridge, a British industrial designer who created the original computer laptop shape, has passed away.

    Moggridge died from cancer at the age of 69.

    His computer, the Grid Compass, was designed in 1979. With a price tag of $8,150, it was initially used by the U.S. military and later installed on board the space shuttle Discovery.

    Moggridge went on to become a visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London and consulting associate professor in design at Stanford University, California.

    He also wrote two books, Designing Media and Designing Interactions.

    Moggridge had been director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York since 2010.

    He is survived by his wife and two sons.