The eMate is 15 years old

Benj Edwards at MacWorld:

Fifteen years ago, Apple released its first and only touchscreen laptop (so far), the often forgotten eMate 300. This translucent clamshell portable, which ran Apple’s Newton PDA operating system, represented a bold experiment in educational computing and a drastic departure from Apple’s traditional hardware design.

Pure nostalgia. A teacher at my high school was fortunate enough to get a loaner unit from Apple and I had the good fortune of getting to try it. I fondly remember the eMate and you can definitely see where the original iBook drew design cues from. The Newton OS was light years ahead of it’s time but Steve quickly killed the Newton line (including the eMate) to focus on core products.