Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jun 2009 18:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems A while ago, I made a list of my ten most beautiful computers, which ignited some heavy debate since Cray wasn't mentioned. Anyway, one of the items on the list was the Honeywell Kitchen Computer, the H316. This was a very basic and incredibly difficult to handle machine which was supposed to store and display recipes, but its most awesome feature was a built-in cutting board. Despite its ridiculousness, I think it's a beautiful piece of design, a pre-cursor to a type of computer everyone in the '50s thought we would have now (get it?). Well, the idea of a kitchen computer is supposed to make a comeback. Update: Eugenia just pointed me to a photo her husband took of the H316 at the Computer History Museum in California, as well as a product photo of Be, Inc.'s take on the kitchen computer.
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Ah, like Talkie Toaster
by boblowski on Thu 4th Jun 2009 20:52 UTC
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"... it has all the audio and video chips as well as codecs necessary to play audio and video."

Sorry, couldn't resist :-)

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