iPad IBM CrossPad Electronic Notepad
Long before the first iPad, there was A. T. Cross Company x IBM’s CrossPad. Released in 1998, this electronic notepad came with a special pen that contained a small radio transmitter capable of telling the pad what and where something is written.



To provide the user with feedback, the pen contains standard ink, which lets the user write on paper placed atop the CrossPad. A small display at the bottom of the device provides information about the commands given, while the special pen can be used to activate six buttons. Ink cartridges lasted around 50 pages and refills were priced at $1. How much did it cost? Around $399 USD ($753 in 2023). It was successful enough that the company released a smaller version of the original, called the CrossPad XP, in September 1998.

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