Peter Auge a German who had emigrated to Canada, formed Novag in 1978 together with Erich Winkler a Swiss electronic expert. After a brief but painful relationship where both partners had difficulties in working together, Erich Winkler left Novag and formed his own company SciSys in 1979.
With Peter Auge’s years of prior experience in the Hong Kong toy and electronics industry it did not take long for Novag to establish a manufacturing base in Hong Kong.
In September, 1978 Novag launched their first chess computer the Chess Champion MK 1.
Novag established a relationship with American programmer David Kittinger in 1982 and the Novag Constellation was released as the first computer programmed by David which was soon after followed with an an improved and faster version. In 1984 the Super Constellation was released with high critical acclaim for it’s human style of play.
David Kittinger continued to improve upon his software over the years allowing Novag to continuously provide the public new computers with interesting playing styles.
Peter Auge transfered his business interests to his daughter who today continues to run a successful Novag business and still provides new chess computers to the world as shown with their latest 2008 Novag Robot release.
For detailed reading on the Novag early years please go to www.chesscomputeruk.com