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September 02, 2009

The State of Computer Graphics, 1962

Above, Alan Kay gives an abridged demo of Ivan Sutherland's remarkable Sketchpad, a graphics system written in 1962.

Here is the original 1962 demo...

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How brilliant! We've come far since then (Cintiq on a raster-based display instead of a light pen on a vectored display), but the principles are still evident.


Posted by: ScottE | Sep 2, 2009 5:44:30 PM

Ah Sutherland was a local boy. Helped make the U of U computer science department famous along with Alan Kay, John Warnock, Marc Andreesen, Henri Gourard, Ed Catmul, etc...etc...etc...

Posted by: BWJones | Sep 2, 2009 9:41:29 PM

Have we come very far? I use flash every day and this does the same thing and probably has fewer bugs...

Posted by: Chris | Oct 25, 2009 8:16:03 PM

I'm curious did Sketchpad make Ivan Sutherland a wealthy man?

Posted by: tom | Dec 26, 2009 6:56:12 PM

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