It seems that we have lived up to the time of the appearance of rare computers that can be compared, for example, with the first cars of Henry Ford. One of these "dinosaurs" of the early computer age is the Kenbak-1 PC, an exhibit at the Boston Computer Museum, founded by one of the co-founders of Apple, Steve Wozniak. The next stage in his long life was the auction, where Kenbak-1 went under the hammer for 34, 000 euros.
It was created in 1971 by electronic engineer John Blankenbucker, founder of the Kenbak Corporation. Then he set out to develop an accessible computer for schools and universities, where students learned practical programming.
The computer weighs 6, 3 kg. The electronics are housed in a blue polygonal steel case. It is worth noting that it was created before the advent of microprocessors, and its motherboard is built on small integrated circuits. The result was an 8-bit mainframe with 256 bytes of memory and a throughput of about 1, 000 operations per second.
John Blankenbucker with his brainchild
Kenbak-1's original estimated price was $ 500, which later climbed to $ 750. Unfortunately, this project turned out to be a failure due to unsuccessful marketing. In total, from 1971 to 1973, about 40 computers were sold.