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Demos of the technological breakthroughs pioneered by Doug Engelbart and his research staff.


   Screenshot from 1968 Demo
Watch highlights of the 1968 demo

(1964-1978) NLS was the system Doug and his team presented in their 1968 Demo. Here you see Doug and his team in a seminal moment in history. For background, see About NLS/Augment.

1968 - "The Mother of All Demos" (1968; 100 minutes Video/Film)
Doug's 1968 debut of NLS (Augment's precursor) and his guiding principles, he gave this spectacular demo at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, while video teleconferenced with his team back home at his SRI lab in Menlo Park, CA. The technical title of this presentation is A Research Center for Augmenting the Human Intellect. For an abridged version, plus more background, links, resources, press, and reflections on the demo from Doug and his team, see our Doug's 1968 Demo portal page.

1969 - "Augmentation Systems and Information Science" (1969)
One year after the 1968 Demo, Doug and his team gave a repeat performance at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), San Francisco, CA. This demo/presentation was filmed on 3 reels, now available for viewing at the Internet Archive's Doug Engelbart Archives collection: Reel 1, Reel 2, Reel 3.

Augment 1

(1978-1996) Augment was a commercialized version of NLS evolved by the team when it transferred from SRI to Tymshare, Inc. Augment served hundreds of customer organizations, and its development continued through 1984, when it transferred to the aerospace company McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Doug left MDC in 1988 to found the Bootstrap Institute with Christina (now the Doug Engelbart Institute), with rights to continue evolving Augment as a research prototype.. In the mid-1990s Doug and Christina were awarded a DARPA contract to create a modern windows GUI client for Augment called Visual AugTerm. For background, see About NLS/Augment.

1987 - Doug demonstrates Augment during his lecture at the 1987 Computer Systems Colloquium at Stanford University. Watch the demo portion of his lecture (link FFs to 29:10). Note the monitor is facing up toward the ceiling to accommodate the overhead camera - check it out.

1992 - Doug demonstrates Augment throughout his three-day management seminar March 24-26, 1992, including using Augment to display seminar materials such as schedules, attendee rosters, and key points. Kicks off the seminar in Session 1 showing Seminar 3-Day Schedule, Day 1 Schedule, introduces the Binder TOC, and Basic Hypotheses. Revisits the Basic Hypotheses by way of review. In Sesssion 2 he demonstrates how he teaches kids to learn the 5-key keyset. Later, watch Doug demonstrate key concepts of the user interface with mouse and keyset. In Sesssion 7 at 10:05 he gives a more extensive demo of key concepts presented in Section F. In Sesssion 8 at 4:16 he demonstrates a case in point for fast, flexible browsing within a knowledge repository, and at 1:27:08 shows what's up next in the Seminar. In Session 11 at 5:02 he gives a heads up on the final group exercise, and at 20:51 he revisits the work breakout assignment in detail.
  See the Bootstrap Seminar resources page for links to the video sessions and other resources.

   Screenshot from the demo
Watch Christina's demo

2008 - This suite of screencasts by Christina Engelbart provides a basic orientation to some key elements of Augment, starting with the simplest point and click user interface of the beginner level Augment Browser, and advancing to progressively higher levels of capability, speed, precision, and proficiency at the "turbo" level. Note this demo is just a (admittedly long-winded!) first-pass prototype to see how screencasting works, the intention is to develop professional quality screencasts of all the software. Also note, these demos show just the tip of the iceberg of the depth and richness of the features and underlying architecture and vision of the system...

  • A Quick Tour of the Augment Browser (25 minute Screencast: 6 scenes)
    Christina's 2008 no frills demo of the Augment Browser, feature by feature, including Zoom buttons, Jump, Viewspecs, Filtering, Create Link, through the progressive user interface levels, from "Class 1" level up to some highlights of the Turbo level. This is a rough draft but informative production.

Augment demos by others: 1b

1990 - Augment Handbook Demo
Jim Norton, former member of Doug's SRI lab who later ran the ARC group at Tymshare, demonstrates the concept of a "project handbook" -- the browseable encapsulation of a project team's dynamically evolving knowledgebase. Jim shows how Augment-like funcitonality benefits a project team's ability to capture and leverage its evolving knowledge.

2006 - Augment Technical Highlights (15 minute Screencast)
By Brad Neuberg, lead developer on the HyperScope dev team using the old-style AugTerm client. See also Brad's writeup: See the System Behind Engelbart's Historic Mother of All Demos.

HyperScope 3

   Screenshot from the demo
Watch Brad's demo

HyperScope was developed at the Institute in 2006 under a small NSF grant. For background, see About HyperScope.

2013 - Quick Tour of HyperScope (9 minute Screencast).
By Brad Neuberg, lead developer on the HyperScope dev team. In this demo he is using the Turbo User UI via Firefox 2.0 browsing HyperScope enabled files (i.e. files tagged with HyperScope attributes). See also Brad's writeup: See the System Behind Engelbart's Historic Mother of All Demos.