Today (2017) this device would be manufactured using maybe a single micro-controller and would be very simple. I am sure that even nowadays many astronauts would like to have a similar device to communicate with the guidance computer at least as a reserve device in case of some problem with the modern touch screens and high resolution displays. Its small size, simplicity and integration with the Apollo software and hardware will keep this device popular in the future also. Most of this material is from /1/. This text and drawings /1/ did have some differences with other documents but is anyway useful in its detail.
The AGC (and DSKY) was designed at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory under Charles Stark Draper, with hardware design led by Eldon C. Hall. Early architectural work came from J.H. Laning Jr., Albert Hopkins, Richard Battin, Ramon Alonso, and Hugh Blair-Smith. The flight hardware was fabricated by Raytheon, whose Herb Thaler was also on the architectural team.
|Eldon C. Hall|
Most of these people can be seen in the following film
YouTube video: "Computer for Apollo, MIT Science Reporter Film"]