[DesignBoom](http://www.designboom.com/technology/hartmut-esslingers-early-apple-computer-and-tablet-designs/) has posted a lot of images from Hartmut Essinger’s archives detailing his early work with Apple. While the images are from 1982 to 1985, only a few of the designs were implemented during that period. The rest seemed to have seeped into the design consciousness of the company.
As I’ve noted before, I always like encountering past views of the future. What is really surprising about Essinger’s work is how *untied* it is to contemporary technological possibilities. The prototypes for a tablet computer and a notebook computer are particularly striking for just how close they were to what would come to be.