First and foremost, we would like to acknowledge the phenomenal support of Microsoft Research who not only facilitated the acquisition of a number of the objects in the collection, but also provided the support that enabled us to build the online presence of the exhibit.
Second, we would like to thank ACM SIGCHI and the organizing committee for inviting us to be a part of CHI 11. Without that catalyst, encouragement and opportunity, we would be nowhere near where we are with this today.
Third, it is impossible to adequately thank the team, known informally as the “Buxton Army” from the Advanced Development Team in Microsoft Research, Redmond (an army in which I was a private and they all officers). They brought the entire ambitious online experience together by equal doses of determination, enthusiasm, talent, and good nature. Working with them was one of the most musical experiences of my life.
Carrying the flag and providing both the glue that held us together and the grease that kept us moving was the army’s leader, Ann Paradiso. In her posse were Tambie Angel, Tony Carbary, Ben Grefsrud, Gavin Jancke, Chuck Needham, Lynn Powers, Jim St. George, ThuVan Pham, and Curtis von Veh.
Finally, working in Toronto, the other foreigner in the army, was Katy Balderston, my daughter and full-time assistant throughout this project. Without her, nothing would have been found, much less catalogued or shipped. Her attention to detail is staggering. Actually, that is the case of every member of the team — just one of the things that makes them special.
Next I would also like to acknowledge the impact of the Bruce Mau Design Studio and the Institute Without Boundaries of having the insight to include part of the collection to have a place in the Massive Change exhibition. This helped me (Bill) realize that this was something more special than I had realized.
During the run up to this exhibit, and even before, a number of people have made generous donations of their time, knowledge, and devices, and in so doing have made a substantial contribution to the collection. These include, in no special order:
Sasha Navarro for exhibit design
Lynn Dai, Microsoft Corporation for testing one of the mice that let you enter Chinese Characters.
Curtis von Veh for donating his iPAQ and Nostromo SPeedPad n50
Alistair Hamilton of RIM for donating objects and information from both Symbol Technologies & NCR
Brad Myers for information on the history of the PERQ and other aspects of interaction.
Martin Jackson for the donation of the Active Book prototype.
Daisuke SATO of Sony for the donation of the Sony DATA machine with Scanner
Martin Howard of antiquetyperwriters.com for refurbishing my Grandjean Stenotype.
Dave Chavez who donated two prototype GO Computers
Andy Cargile & BJ O'Hare of Microsoft for help on the history of MS Mice and input devices.
Tim Thompson for help finding my Fingerworks Gesturepad
Izumi Tosa & Scott Rawlings of Wacom for help researching some of the history of the company’s tablets.
David Breukelman of Arius 3D who donated his Newton & Daulphin DTR devices.
Josh Carter for help with the history of the Data Rover 840
Joos Godee, Frog Design for insights into the design of the Palm V.
Jean-Daniel Nicoud of Switzerland for help with the history of the Swiss (Depraz) mouse and the founding of Logitech.
Stephen Hobday, Chairman, PCD Maltron Ltd., for help with the history of the company and the donation of a 2-handed Maltron Keyboard.
Chuck Thacker and Butler Lampson, both colleagues at Microsoft Research, for sharing their knowledge about the history of Xerox PARC.
Chuck Thompson, Vice President, General Manager, JLCooper Electronics fore help with the history of their products.
Chris Rainey, Bellaire Electronics, who was wonderfully helpful with the history of the Microwriter, as well as helping me obtain a working AgendA and a CyKey.
Dr. Ralf Bülow, historian of technology from Berlin, for information on the history of the Telefunken mouse, as well as other input device history from Germany.
Stephan Ilberg, who was invaluable in terms of sharing his knowledge about the development of 6DOF joysticks in Germany, the history of the Magellan, and that of the Space Ball.
Ted Selker, who brought the world the Trackpoint Joystick, who was incredibly generous in sharing his story, and opening up his archives.
Shumin Zhai, now of Google, and previously Ted’s colleague, for sharing his experience in the development of the Trackpoint Mice at IBM.
Gord Kurtenbach, George Fitzmaurice & Azam Khan of Autodesk Research for giving me access to some of our treasures from my time with them at Alias|Wavefront.
Ravin Balakrishnan,of the University of Toronto, for access to the Pad Mouse, Rockin’ Mouse and the Pantograph.
Vincent Hayward of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, for providing a lot of background information on the Pantograph.