Apple Inc. needed to come up with a marketable name. When freelance copywriter Vinnie Chieco saw the prototype at an Apple brainstorming session he immediately recalled the extravehicular activity Pod in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The inspiration for the name was the line from the famous award-winning sci-fi movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” made by Stanley Kubrick, not from the Blade Runner. The device was first introduced and put into production in the second half of 2001. This EVA Pod (ePod) was the direct inspiration in naming the iPod. Although the form factor is clearly different, the functions are quite similar. Both are compact computer-driven devices, independently operating, supported by a much larger device (iMac or mothership), controlled by advanced human-interface hardware, and necessitated advance software.
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