The 1990s may be more famous for the rise of the Internet than the computers on which the net ran, but Harry McCracken dug up 15 of the strangest systems from the decade that brought you the X-Files. For example, see the AT&T EO Personal Communicator, a $3,000 tablet that was a mere 15 years ahead of its time.

AT&T EO Personal Communicator 440 (1993) The iPad may be the first blockbuster tablet, but its ancestors have been around since at least 1989. The early 1990s saw the launch of a particularly large number of early monochrome tablets, some of which ran non-mainstream OSes. AT&T's EO sold for around $3000, ran PenPoint OS, and had a wireless cellular modem that supported voice calls, fax, and e-mail -- a novel feature back then. It was also one of the few products to use the obscure AT&T Hobbit CPU. Sales were poor, and it vanished from the market in 1994.

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