We’ve all come across them.  Practically every science fiction novel since the 80s contains them in some form or another.  No spaceship is complete without them.  They go by many names.  Here are just some of them:

  • Datapad (Star Wars)
  • Data Slate (Warhammer 40k)
  • PADD (Personal Access Display Device) (Star Trek)
  • Infotab (Shortened from Information Tablet)
  • Datacard
  • Pocket Computer (Asimov’s “The Feeling of Power”, Niven and Pournelle’s “The Mote in God’s Eye
  • News Pad (Clarke’s “2001, A Space Odyssey”)
  • Dynabook (Alan Kay – but this one isn’t fiction)

Can you think of any more?  Name them in the comments!

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