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barythrin
February 11th, 2009, 12:53 PM
Sort of an odd and I apologize for the stretch topic but I was hunting around (ok actually I was searching for info on something I saw listed for sale) which got me nice and off track reading about the Tiger Learning Computer. I'm not sure why they cost so much since it was essentially released as a toy computer for kids but it seems to be an Apple II underneath and from what I understand even runs a version of Prodos under the GUI toy OS and has 128K of RAM.

I ran out of googling time here at the office but does anyone know if this has been fully hacked yet? Has anyone here played with one or got that alleged Internet module for it or got themselves back into basic on one?

I think it may be a new toy to hunt for a little bit if I can track one down at a cheap price.

- John

vbriel
February 12th, 2009, 04:21 AM
I think you are right on track, but I don't know that much about these. I do believe they are worth so much because of the fact that they are rare and where a computer format that was reborn as a toy. I haven't heard of any hacks, but you might want to be careful not to devalue it by hacking on it.

Vince

barythrin
February 12th, 2009, 11:55 AM
I read a little more info about these last night and yeah it looks like they may not have been released fully to the public. I'm a little confused because I see mention of them at Toys R Us so perhaps the distribution wasn't enough to get a lot of folks hacking at them. I'll just keep my eyes peeled I guess and see if I can somehow snag one still.

vwestlife
February 12th, 2009, 05:02 PM
I read a little more info about these last night and yeah it looks like they may not have been released fully to the public. I'm a little confused because I see mention of them at Toys R Us so perhaps the distribution wasn't enough to get a lot of folks hacking at them. I'll just keep my eyes peeled I guess and see if I can somehow snag one still.
According to the banner in this image, the Tiger Learning Computer was discontinued after only being test-marketed in four cities.

http://www.vintage-computer.com/images/vcf7/tigerlearning2.jpg

Tupin
July 30th, 2010, 11:16 PM
I was just looking this up, and the MSRP was $150? It cost $150 to make an Apple IIe clone in 1997? Still, I want one. Test marketed in St. Louis? Anyone here have one?

meekermike
August 17th, 2010, 07:28 PM
are you still looking for a Tiger Learning Computer (no mouse ) if so e mail me @ michaelroberts3105@yahoo.com

Tupin
November 20th, 2013, 09:12 PM
I know it's been a few years, and I know it's probably fruitless, but it would still be really cool if someone has one of these. Found some pictures:

http://retromaccast.ning.com/photo/albums/tiger-learning-computer

Agent Orange
November 20th, 2013, 09:55 PM
Make me wish I had a closet full of 'em . . .

http://onlineonly.christies.com/s/first-bytes-iconic-technology-from-the-twentieth-century/a-prototype-tiger-learning-computer-9/895/ (http://onlineonly.christies.com/s/first-bytes-iconic-technology-from-the-twentieth-century/a-prototype-tiger-learning-computer-9/895/)

Tupin
November 20th, 2013, 10:06 PM
No way is it worth that much. It's not like it never left the prototype stage, it had a limited release.

david__schmidt
November 21st, 2013, 03:05 AM
It's not like it never left the prototype stage, it had a limited release.
Mine (the one in the RetroMacCast pictures) has a bunch of post-production tracer wires on the motherboard; I'm sure they all do.

dorkbert
November 21st, 2013, 04:50 AM
I have one, but missing all the carts. I think one with all carts sold on fleaBay a year or two ago for a couple of bills, so the "estimated value" per Christies seem... excessive.

Tupin
November 21st, 2013, 02:01 PM
Yeah, it doesn't strike me as something worth $3K.

olePigeon
November 24th, 2013, 10:49 PM
Looks like you could stick an LCD on it and make an Apple II laptop.