R.I.P. Bill Moggridge The man who first brought us the laptop computer, as we know it, Bill Moggridge passed away this weekend at the age of 69. Moggridge, a British born designer, was the first to harness the potential of a flat-screen, keyboard and necessary processing technology in a convenient in a clamshell design, back in 1982, and the Grid Compass still bears close resemblances to today's portable machines. The Grid Compass featured an Intel 8086 processor, a 320 × 240-pixel electroluminescent display, 340-kilobyte magnetic bubble memory, and a 1,200 bit/s modem, which was pretty hi-spec back in those days. It also carried an eye-watering $8,000 price-tag so obviously never became a mainstream device with the main customer being the U.S. government. The Compass's most celebrated appearance came as it was utilised by NASA on the Space Shuttle during the early 1980s. Moggridge departed after a battle with cancer but his legacy will live on for a long time to come.