How the Clamshell Laptop Changed Computer Design ForeverCasey Chan7/16/12 11:20am54EditInvite manuallyPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkYou know Grid Systems' Grid Compass 1101 laptop, right? You should. The laptop you're using, the laptop you own, and the laptop you want all imitate its design. Why? The Grid Compass, from April, 1982, was the first clamshell laptop ever created.