The Very First Version of Xcelsius?

It turns out that dashboards like Xcelsius have their roots all the way back in 1939 — in cardboard, at least!  (Click on the image to get a bigger version)


Thanks to Modern Mechanix blog: “Yesterday’s Technology, Today!”





5 responses to “The Very First Version of Xcelsius?”

  1. […] posts discussed the power of having the right data, and that dashboards have been around for a long, long time, but if they have poor data it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, and that it would be a crime not […]

  2. Olivier Demeusy Avatar
    Olivier Demeusy

    Hi Timo
    What about the very first way of submitting a Google Search ?
    Olivier on April 1st…

  3. Timo Elliott Avatar

    Gosh! I DO remember now — I even built something similar using a mainframe reporting system when I worked at Shell in ’88! Thanks!

  4. Gareth Horton Avatar

    Hi Timo,
    Have you seen the Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS dashboards, circa 1984?

  5. Deborah Avatar

    This is an excellent find. We thought we were so cool for having interactive charts but noooo, granny was doing it decades ago.