People who saw the Demo in December of 1976 might have guessed they were witnessing the birth of something big. However, it was not at all clear then the little machine and the team showing it off were more significant than any number of other exhibitors at the West Coast Computer Faire – a smaller tech conference akin to the Worldwide Developer Conference going on today through Friday in San Jose.
Soon thereafter, it became increasingly evident the new gadget was really going to matter. The first of its kind product started selling on this day, May 5th, in 1977. By the end of the year, it was gaining fame as one of the best among a new tech genre – microcomputers. Before this unique platform came to market, predecessors were aimed at techno-nerd gearheads who knew how to sling solder, build their own and at least had Basic code in their repertoire. This new one was practically plug-and-play.
The Apple ][ has sometimes been named the first personal computer. It certainly was one of the best selling and had the longest run of home computers, built well into the 1990s. What really made it stand out was its visionary design. It was created as the clearest idea of what a PC should be and where it could really take us. Eventually, it even returned us to space as the computers used to monitor the clean rooms around our shuttle builds.
The vision it embodied married the widely different yet wildly complementary gifts of two Steves – Jobs and Wozniak. To help it break out of the Homebrew Computer world, the Apple II, like future Apple products, had the right features and best vision in place. While it didn’t have what would later be known as a graphical user interface, it did have a richer, more interactive feel than other PCs. It was one of the first models to host color graphics and sound right out of the box, and even came with two paddles as standard equipment. Such features made it a natural for games and educational software; they also made it a uniquely inviting device.
The platform Woz built and Jobs shaped and marketed was, indeed, a platform — the best and most successful container of its generation for interesting and useful hardware and software add-ons, much like the iPhone and iPad today. “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication”, read the headline on the first Apple II brochure. A nod to the wisdom of Leonardo Da Vinci often quoted by Einstein, it captured Apple’s philosophy, then as now.
The Apple II readied the world for the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and, likely, every other major technology gadget or platform of the past 41 years. Countless others have followed its lead.
On this day, the 41st anniversary of this amazing platform, we at HealthLynked are launching our own. We believe it will be the kind of breakthrough in its own genre the ][ was. That’s a lofty ideal and bold belief, yet we want the whole world to have access to their own medical information in the ways Woz and Jobs wanted the whole world to compute.
And we built the HealthLynked platform to make that possible. It has all the right stuff to let patient members really take control of their healthcare,… and the right vision for providers to really have access to all the real-time health information that makes the best possible care a reality.
We are Improving HealthCare! Go to our website healthlynked.com, the Apple store, or Google Play, today to download the first of its kind, universal, portable health record and connection and collaboration tool that is clearly paving the way to a much better medical future.