GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Out with the old and in with the iPad Mini. No one can deny the once clunky computers are now super small.
Tom Koenig, a Walker resident reminisces, "I think our first computer had a huge monitor, speakers were attached, and it weighed a ton."
The iPad Mini at .68 pounds with nearly a nine inch screen is another example of the shrinking technology. It's something Bill Smith, President of CompuCraft has seen first hand.
Smith says, "Certainly the technology in microprocessor technology has gotten smaller and smaller. As they've gotten miniaturized we can have more power in our hand than we could in an entire room twenty years ago."
Smith remembers one of the first personal computers, the PC Junior, weighing in at fifty pounds.
"Those were the heavy units with the huge screens. You put them in their place and that's where they were going to stay until they died."
Atari's came out and were later replaced with the Apple Mac in the 1980's. While it was the beginning of small technology, the real turning point came with the release of the iPod.
As the iPad Mini hits the market, Smith says he has an idea of where the market is going next-- voice navigation.