Thanks to @jk for pulling this up
The "Canon Cat" was a dedicated writing machine/word processor designed by Jeff Raskin for Canon Inc. in 1987. It originally sold for around $1500 and came with a Motorola 68000 running at 5 MHz and 256Kb RAM
There was one 3.5" floppy (256K max) drive to the left of the screen
These model photos scanned by Marcin Wichary
Real on-screen text sample by Flickr user "MJM1977"
More hardware info available at:
@cypnk @davidpgil @jk to add, might as well add other stuff that fits - the Cat's UI metaphors by way of Raskin were basically word processing über alles, but it could do other stuff like spreadsheets embedded and run Forth. I'd like a tiny little eInk laptop, even if it was an SSH client made flesh.
The Freewrite came up in this thread as well
Basically, for what it is, we felt the Freewrite was expensive for what it is (also a bit on the heavy side). My DIY computer will use an ESP32 microcontroller and an e-ink display from an Amazon Kindle DX
I’m working on the keyboard layout which will be on Github as both SVG and DXF templates (in case you like to make your own with a laser cutter). I’m learning vector editing so I can release case shapes too. Wiring diagrams, parts lists, instructions etc... will go up there
All the code will be released ISC or 2 clause BSD licensed (some code may have to be GPL because of shared libraries)