harrymcc writes: Back in 1988, Apple held a contest that invited students from top universities to design the PC of the year 2000. The winning entry, from the University of Illinois, was a futuristic tablet computer. One that did an uncanny job of predicting what sort of tablet Apple would release 22 years later. Like the iPad, the winning entry had a color touchscreen, with onscreen keyboard, gigabytes of memory, a wireless modem, and GPS. It did everything from note-taking to 3D games, and even included a feature like Apple's "Find My iPad." I've taken an in-depth look at everything the machine got right (and wrong) and have republished the winning paper in its entirety.