Folding Laptop Inventor Bill Moggridge Passes Away

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Invent the modern day folding laptop design, and surely you’re considered among the all-time great tech innovators in computer science. On Monday, the BBC reported that British designer Bill Moggridge had passed away after a fight with cancer at the age of 69.

Moggridge’s ingenuity recalls a time when modern day technology was less prevalent. The BBC news story noted that the designer’s Grid Compass laptop initially appeared as a tool on Discovery, NASA’s space shuttle launched in 1984.

The Grid Compass featured tech specs such as an Intel 8086 processor, a 1,200 bit modem and a 320×240 pixel display.

The designer received key lifetime achievement recognition from the Duke of Edinburgh in 2010. Moggredige also taught at schools including Stanford University and London’s Royal College of Art.

In addition to that, he notably held the title of Director at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. “As Cooper-Hewitt’s fourth director (2010-2012), Bill worked to establish the Museum as the nation’s preeminent design resource. He enhanced its profile as one of the world’s leading authorities on the integral role of design in daily life, and developed and presented exhibitions—both real and virtual,” commented the museum in a statement.

The folding laptop design has remained relevant, even in an era increasingly dominated by touchscreen devices such as tablets.