A short history of the Hindsight Letterbug, circa 1986-1987


Bill M. in 1986, helping test the original Letterbug prototype

The Hindsight Letterbug

The Letterbug connected to a sample host computer

In demo mode, the Letterbug crowed about its features

“Drill and practice” was a popular phrase in the 80s. The Letterbug logo started as a placeholder drawn in Paint but we decided we liked it

Connect-the-dots was one mechanism for helping with hand/eye coordination

The most interactive of the demo apps, the racetrack asked kids to drive the car through the track without hitting the edges. Sound effects came from the phoneme-based synthesizer

The display was not grayscale, so photos looked dithered
The Letterbug logo on the front bezel