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The Xerox NoteTaker was perhaps the first portable computer. It was developed at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, California, in 1976. Although it did not enter production, and only around ten prototypes were built, it strongly influenced the design of the later Osborne 1 and Compaq Portable computers.

The NoteTaker was developed by a team that included Adele Goldberg, Douglas Fairbairn, and Larry Tesler. It drew heavily on earlier research by Alan Kay, who had previously developed the Dynabook project. While the Dynabook was a concept for a transportable computer that was impossible to implement with available technology, the NoteTaker was intended to show what could be done.

The computer employed what was then highly advanced technology, including a built-in monochrome display monitor, a floppy disk drive and a mouse. It had 128 kB of RAM, then a very large amount, and used a 1 MHz CPU. It used a version of the Smalltalk operating system that was written for the Xerox Alto computer, which pioneered the graphical user interface.

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NoteTaker branch
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Dynabook
NoteTaker Followed by
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PalmOS branch
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BravoX
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Compaq LTE branch
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NoteTaker Followed by
Compaq Portable
Osborne Vixen branch
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NoteTaker Followed by
Osborne 1
Hyperion branch
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NoteTaker Followed by
Hyperion
GRiDLite branch
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GRiD Compass
Smalltalk branch
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Smalltalk
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