It seemed like science fiction at the time but now it looks like ancient history.
Jane New was astonished to be able to purchase theatre tickets from a box office computer system in 1981 while John Swain had to share his new toy with his eager family when his computer turned into an attractive games machine.
Farmer Peter Waterhouse embraced the technological revolution of thirty five years ago and became a man far ahead of his time when he bought a computer to help him with his accounts.
This cost a pricey £1,500 but eventually cheaper and more compact systems were available as shown in the Sinclair display at WH Smith’s in Wakefield in 1983.
Six years later when these machines had evolved to look more like the ones we use today, Wakefield hair salon Snips brought in a Client Consultation System which gave customers the chance to preview their style on screen before committing to the final cut.
Naturally all these wonderful innovations have been gradually miniaturized and are now available on a device that fits into the palm of your hand.