The MITS Altair 8800
When was the first desktop computer invented?
The first personal computer
In 1975, Ed Roberts coined the term “personal computer” when he introduced the Altair 8800. Although the first personal computer is considered by many to be the KENBAK-1, which was first introduced for $750 in 1971.
Why was the first computer invented?
The computer was originally invented to do repetitive calculations quickly and accurately. Charles Babbage, an English mechanical engineer and polymath, originated the concept of a programmable computer.
When did desktop computers become popular?
Home computers were a class of microcomputers that entered the market in 1977, that started with what Byte Magazine called the “trinity of 1977”, (the Apple II, the TRS-80 Model I, and the Commodore PET) and which became common during the 1980s.
What did the first personal computer do?
1974 saw the introduction of what is considered by many to be the first true “personal computer”, the Altair 8800 created by Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS).