Honeywell 316 Kitchen Computer

Igor Pozdnyakov

Mountain View, United States

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Taken at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California.

Here are some itertesting facts:

The Honeywell Kitchen Computer or H316 pedestal model of 1969 was a short-lived product made by Honeywell and offered by Neiman Marcus. It sold for $10,000, weighed over 100 pounds, and was used for storing recipes (but reading or entering these recipes would have been very difficult for the average cook, since the “user interface” required the person to take a two-week course to learn to program the device, using only toggle-switch input and binary light output). It had a built in cutting board and had a few recipes built in. There is no evidence that any Honeywell Kitchen Computers were ever sold.

A Honeywell 316 was used at Bradwell nuclear power station in Essex as the primary reactor temperature monitoring computer until summer 2000, when the internal 160k disk failed.

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