5 Facts You Might Not Know About HP

When you come to think of brands associated with computing, printing and digital technology, the brand that will always drop into conversations is HP. Before splitting into two separate entities in November 2015 (HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise) the company was originally founded in 1939 and has slowly evolved into the Silicon Valley juggernaut we are all aware of today. However, we’ve managed to find several different, interesting, and maybe even surprising facts about HP that you might not already know. Read on below to find out more on the five facts you might not know about HP!


They Originally Produced Audio Oscillators

Yes, you’ve read that right – HP didn’t originally create printers and personal computers when they were first formed. Instead, they shifted their focus towards creating audio oscillators which were instruments synonymous with a famous figure you’ve probably heard of, Walt Disney. Walt used audio oscillators as a way of testing and experimenting with theater production sound systems that would later be included in the film Fantasia. HP’s initial involvement with producing these helped elevate them to their success in expanding into the personal computer and printer market we know them for today.


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Their Multi-Jet Fusion 3D Printer Is Made From 3D Printed Parts

In creating the Multi-Jet Fusion 3D Printer, HP decided that the printer itself would itself contain 3D printed parts due to economical sense. Nearly half of the plastic pieces that the printer is made up from were literally, printed by the 3D printer itself which is astounding when you consider that 3D printers and the 3D printing process is still progressing!


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They Used A Garage For Their Headquarters

Widely considered as the birth place of the Silicon Valley technology movement, 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, United States is the original building in which Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started the HP company in 1939.  With very little money between them at the time, they worked from the garage and began to create audio oscillators with the company slowly beginning to expand into different areas from that point onwards. HP decided to purchase the property in the year 2000 to use it as a museum, leading to its current listing of being a Historical Landmark in California.


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The Company Name Was Decided On A Coin Toss

Possibly one of the more bizarre facts featured in this article but an important one noneoftheless! When they founded the HP firm, Hewlett and Packard were indecisive about what name their new company would be listed as. Because of this indecision, they both agreed that a coin would be tossed to determine whose surname would make up the first part of the company name and whose surname would make up the second part of the company’s name. In the end, Hewlett won the coin toss and Hewlett-Packard was registered as a public company in the 1950’s.


They Created The First Desktop Calculator

If that term sounds unfamiliar to you, then it could be easy to understand perhaps why. As it’s often known, HP were responsible for creating one of the first personal computers which was used for both business and for personal use. However, it wasn’t always known under that name. Hewlett and Packard branded the Hewlett-Packard 9100A as a desktop calculator, and not a desktop computer as is more commonly known today. The reason for this product name change was to differentiate their invention with the IBM branded range of personal computers, as the Hewlett-Packard 9100A didn’t look like a computer due to a keyboard bearing resemblance to keys on a scientific calculator.


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