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KBK update for Tuesday, 19th April

Details on the history of Collimation keyboards is starting to become clearer. Although the manufacturer (Applied Dynamics International) is still around, and claimed that there are “those who remember and participated in ADI’s illustrious past”, they proved to be less than forthcoming. However, examination of the various advertisements shows that ADI acquired Collimation sometime between 1975 and 1977 and dropped the Collimation name around 1977. The “Western Digital Systems” to whom the original design was patented is not the Western Digital: storage manufacturer Western Digital Corporation (WD) was founded in California in 1970, while the keyboard maker Western Digital Systems was founded two years later in Texas and traded under the Collimation name.

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