Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rockets - a catalyst for the personal computer revolution

In an article written for the San Antonio-Express News, electronics guru Forrest Mims III recounts how work on small rockets led to optical flashers and then to the formation of MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems). Although MITS was initially formed to produce flashers and telemetry transmitters for model rockets, it is best known for the Altair 8800 microcomputer, which in 1975 started the home computer revolution. This is worth a read!