The Original iPad

Raymond Massey in HG Wells' s Things To Come.

Raymond Massey in HG Wells’ s Things To Come.

Made in 1936, Things to Come (just released by Criterion in BluRay), in typical HG Wells form presaged everything from the Second World War to amazing flying machines, multi-level cities, and transparent elevators. Most interestingly, Raymond Massey is seen here using what appears to be an iPad, on which in the film moving images and text are being reproduced. It appears to be exactly the same size and thickness, but with an even cooler transparent border – although the dock seems a bit complicated. Sadly, Steve Jobs isn’t around to own up to this piece of patent plagiarism.

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