Ed Smith And The Imagination Machine: The Untold Story Of A Black Video Game Pioneer • Discoverology

Ed Smith And The Imagination Machine: The Untold Story Of A Black Video Game Pioneer

Thirty-seven years ago, New York-based APF Electronics, Inc. released The Imagination Machine. APF’s playful computer never rivaled the impact of products from Apple or Atari, but they remain historically important because of the man who co-created them: Ed Smith, one of the first African-American electronics engineers in the video game industry.

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