Ford's SYNC added to Computer History Museum at 7 years of age
The museum itself is a monument to the forces that have changed our world and daily lives by tracing the development of computers back to the abacus and forward into the digital age, with displays of artifacts and interactive information programs plus cyber-exhibits available worldwide.
Physical exhibits illustrate and illuminate the evolution of the Internet, the movers and shakers of the Digital Age, the development of microprocessors, the prescient work of Charles Babbage, and the rise of Silicon Valley among other fascinating displays.
Interestingly, Babbage designed a computing machine during the 1800s, but was never able to fabricate a working model. A prototype of his design was finally constructed in England 153 years after it was designed. Built precisely to Babbage’s original specs, Difference Engine No. 2, consists of 8,000 parts, totaling a staggering five tons, stretching across 11 feet.
Now we have cars about that size, weighing much less, with computers inside the dash.
So now Ford is part of the annals of the Digital Revolution along with names like Microsoft, IBM, Cray, Apple and Google. Curators added the SYNC in-car communications system to the museum’s permanent collection just this week.
In the photo above, Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, joins John C. Hollar, President and CEO, Computer History Museum, in celebrating the induction of Ford SYNC, the industry-leading in-car connectivity software platform co-developed with Microsoft, into the Museum's permanent collection. (Image 06/18/12 courtesy of FORD)