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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27: MOBILE COMPUTERProfile America — Wednesday, March 27th. A triumph of mobile computing was achieved on this date in 1961. By our 21st century standards, this involved some truly heavy lifting. Rolling actually. A division of the Sperry Rand Corporation equipped a trailer truck to haul a UNIVAC I computer from
New York City down to
North Carolina to process data for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation. The UNIVAC I, fully assembled, weighed in at a nimble 7,237 pounds. In 2010, nearly 92 million U.S. households — about 77 percent — had computers. In marked contrast to the unwieldy UNIVAC of 1961, over 22 million of those were handheld devices. Of course, many of those people and millions more have access to computers through work, schools, libraries and community centers. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2531 U.S. Census Bureau, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2010
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau