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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:
canoncat.org/

#RetroHardware

@cypnk @jk I love these old computers! I think what I miss most is specialized devices. I feel we could have benefit from iterative improvement on specialized computing.

@davidpgil @jk I’m designing one right now ;) mastodon.social/@cypnk/1160001

It’s basically a glorified typewriter with similar features. I’m planning to retire to a cabin in the woods so I needed something to write that’s simple and could run for a month on a single charge

lunboks @calvin

@cypnk @davidpgil @jk there were dedicated word processing systems, but there's also a modern take: the Freewrite (used to be Hemingwrite) getfreewrite.com/

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