Modbook manufacturer Axiotron today announced that Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and designer of the pioneering Apple I and Apple II personal computers, has joined Axiotron’s Board of Advisors.
A trailblazer at the dawn of the personal computing revolution, Mr. Wozniak is widely admired for the ingenuity of his designs for the home-built Apple I machine and its enormously popular successor, Apple II. As an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, Mr. Wozniak gave shape and form to the notion of personal computing — making the power of the computer accessible to millions and helping to launch an entire industry.
“We’re thrilled to bring Steve onto our Board of Advisors. His deep knowledge and experience are an invaluable resource for Axiotron,” said Andreas E. Haas, CEO of Axiotron, in the press release. “Steve’s forward-thinking and non-conformist approach, his incredibly creative engineering designs and his emphasis on the human aspects of technology have always been an inspiration to me.”
Mr. Wozniak, the son of a Lockheed engineer, started his career designing scientific calculators at Hewlett-Packard. While there, he was able to design and build the ingenious Apple I computer during his spare time. After first offering his invention to Hewlett-Packard, he co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Jobs in 1976 and designed the hardware and software for the Apple II. With its elegant internal architecture and high-resolution color graphics, the Apple II became a massive commercial success that established the template for the company’s subsequent smartly designed and user-friendly products.
In 1985, Mr. Wozniak was awarded the United States’ National Medal of Technology (now the National Medal of Technology and Innovation), the highest honor for achievement in technology bestowed by President Ronald Reagan. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment, and a 2000 inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Mr. Wozniak in recent years has devoted himself to various business and philanthropic ventures, as well as pursuing his passionate lifelong interest in education with a particular focus on educational technology.
“Axiotron is designing user-focused innovations such as the Modbook that improve and advance our digital lives,” said Mr. Wozniak, in the press release. “I look forward to working with Andreas and his team to further this vision.”
In his capacity on Axiotron’s Board of Advisors, Mr. Wozniak brings a network of personal and professional contacts and offers his insights into market trends and Axiotron’s product initiatives, such as the award-winning Modbook, Axiotron’s pen-based tablet Mac®solution, and Modservice, the new service enabling customers to transform their existing Apple MacBook computer into an Axiotron Modbook.