|"I have no idea what this is"|
In 1971, Hewlett-Packard commissioned a marketing study to see if anyone would buy a $395 pocket calculator. The marketer’s verdict? Make it the size of a typewriter, because nobody wants a small machine.
Luckily, Bill Hewlett ignored the marketers, and the next year, the company introduced its HP-35 Scientific Calculator. The pocket calculator was a hit, eventually making slide rules obsolete. In 2009, it was honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as a “Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing.”
...and now there is a bounty on porting Android to its recently famous HP Touchpad.
Honestly I'm a fan of this company, they took a chance on an obscure OS (based on Linux however), but then canceled it. A few recent firesales on what remained on the HP Touchpad might have reinvigorated public interest however. Decent hardware specs and a good form factor seemed to be enough. Then once HP canceled development on WebOS (that they had absorbed from Palm*) that sparked a bigger look from the tinkering community on its merits. HP then made it open source which was expected after they decided not to develop it further.
I digress, my point was that this company has made some pretty important milestones in the tech/electronics field, ITS NOT ALL APPLE! When funding for R&D suffers, consumers get cheaply made products that underperform and fall apart, nobody wants that. President & CEO Meg Whitman agrees. Check out the source link for a bit more history and why the Labs division is a good thing.
Source -> http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/02/hp_calculator
*Which has its own weird history