Why don't laptops still look like this? Up above is the GRiD Compass computer by laptop design pioneer Bill Moggridge, which just won him the prestigious 2010 Prince Philip Designers Prize. It's widely considered the first portable computer to utilize the clamshell form factor we still use today, and even though it came out in 1982 there's something timelessly modern about it.
Moggridge's GRiD computers came when laptops were taking their first steps and the designs were wildly varied. Check out the GRiD in all its glory in the gallery below, as well as four other beautiful and pioneering machines.