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UK portable computer from GR Electronics
A wonderfully rare
British portable computer
about which we know little!
If you do, please contact
We know this was
possibly a terminal produced by GR Electronics which then became Oyster
Terminals and then Oyster Termiflex before the company shut down. It seems
to have been made in the 1984 time frame.
..it was a 'dumb' terminal rather than a computer (it was one of a
series of devices used for such things as programming controllers where
it would have been too costly, impractical or inappropriate to have a
keyboard and display attached to the equipment). It was made round about
85/86. The other controllers made by Oyster were hand-held, about the
size of a pocket calculator with some of the models with bigger displays
being larger but still fitting into a lab coat. The closest that Oyster
came to a computer was the RT80 range of terminals which were designed
primarily for mobile data collecting (similar to the hand held devices
with barcode readers used in supermarkets for inventory checks) and were
based around a microcontroller rather than a microprocessor.
Terminals (UK, Ltd), still building Oysters!
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