The LINC is one of the most significant machines in the history of computing. With its digital logic and stored programs, the LINC is considered the first interactive personal computer in the world. The computer was designed in 1961 by Wesley Clark and then built by Charles Molnar in 1962. It was launched the same year by DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation).
In an era in which the computer landscape was almost completely dominated by IBM megaliths, Clark introduced the concept of a small, personal computer that could be used by all. The LINC could be assembled from a kit by its users who then took them to institutions or even private homes. In addition, the LINC had, for the first time, reliable, high speed, removable and compact removable storage media (the LINCTape that was to evolve into DECTape). The computer also used the LAP (Assembly Program) software which was written for users, not computer professionals.
Basically, Clark’s computer was designed to satisfy four basic criteria: easy to program, easy to communicate with while in operation, easy to maintain, and able to process biotechnical signals directly. The computer started as a device for researchers, but it soon became to be used also outside laboratories. LINC would change the landscape of computing and computer history as personal computers are direct descendants of the LINC.