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IMSAI 8080 Microcomputer, Used with Home Built Interface and IBM Selectric Typewriter, Assembled in 1977

IMS Associates, Inc., International Business Machines Corporation, Narayanaswamy, O.S., and Neumann Computer Exchange1977

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The IMSAI 8080 was a clone of the Altair 8800, the first mass marketed personal computer. It was a popular "kit computer," requiring assembly and programming. With no keyboard, toggle switches allowed input and LED lights signaled output. This could be modified using an IBM I/O typewriter. The donor, O.S. Narayanaswami, was a mechanical engineer interested in the educative power of computers.

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  • Title: IMSAI 8080 Microcomputer, Used with Home Built Interface and IBM Selectric Typewriter, Assembled in 1977
  • Creator: IMS Associates, Inc., International Business Machines Corporation, Narayanaswamy, O.S., Neumann Computer Exchange
  • Date Created: 1977
  • Location: United States, California, San Leandro, United States, New York, Armonk, United States, Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Subject Keywords: Communication, Do-it-yourself work, Hobbies, Microcomputers, Computers, Peripherals (Computer), Hardware (Computer), Electric typewriters, Kits (Sets)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Microcomputer
  • Object ID: 95.22.1
  • Manufacturer: IMS Associates, Inc., International Business Machines Corporation
  • Image ID: THF155787
  • Field: Computing
  • Credit: From the collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of O. S. Narayanaswamy.

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