High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The IBM 610 Auto-Point
Computer was the first personal computer, in the sense of a
computer to be used by one person and was controlled by a keyboard.
The principal designer of this machine was John Lentz, as part of
his work for the Watson Lab at Columbia University. The IBM 610 was
introduced in 1957. It was small enough to easily fit in an office.
It was designed to be used in a normal office, without any special
electrical or air conditioning requirements. It used vacuum tubes,
a magnetic drum, and punched paper tape readers and punchers. The
input was from a keyboard and output was to an IBM electric
typewriter, at eighteen characters per second. It was one of the
first (if not the first) computers to be controlled from a
keyboard. The term "auto-point" referred to the ability to
automatically adjust the decimal point in floating-point
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