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World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting

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One of the recovered Q1s.

"There would be no PCs, no Macs, no Apple or Android phones without the Q1 Corporation," said Paul Neve, professor of computing at Kingston University in the U.K.

Credit: Just Clear

Employees at U.K. house-clearing firm Just Clear found two Q1 microcomputers while clearing out a property in December.

Just Clear's Brendan O'Shea said the units were last used in the 1970s by an oil drilling company. There are only three known Q1 microcomputers in the world, with the other believed to be in Scandinavia.

The Q1, considered the first single-microchip PC and a predecessor of the modern desktop PC, was manufactured in 1972 by the American Q1 Corporation.

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