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Mr.Amiga500
January 13th, 2010, 03:15 PM
For years, I've been trying to identify some terminals seen in Brainstorm. Here are some screenshots: (taken years ago using my Amiga 500)
http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/7444/brainstorm1.jpg
http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/1967/brainstorm2.jpg

Can anybody identify them? (I love the keyboards!)

There's also a pretty neat portable (luggable) in the movie, but I think it's just a mock-up, not a real computer.

Mr.Amiga500
January 22nd, 2010, 04:34 PM
Nobody can identify them?

(I admit it's hard to see them clearly, but it's the best I could do with an A500... and the horizontal line distortion is caused by damn DVD copy protection.)

Securix
January 22nd, 2010, 06:09 PM
Here's another...

Love the flashing yellow light in the lefthand corner when Mike breaks in using "Brainstorm" as the password.

http://home.prog.fm/brainstorm2.png

http://home.prog.fm/brainstorm.png

Chuck(G)
January 22nd, 2010, 07:13 PM
My first impression is that these have the look of HP terminals, but that's just a gut feel.

Since these are obviously operational and nearly new for 1983, are there any screen credits that might offer a clue?

MikeS
January 22nd, 2010, 07:39 PM
They definitely look familiar; any chance they're Convergent/Burroughs B20/21? Hard to tell from those pics.

http://bitsavers.org/pdf/convergent/manuals_b20/B20_Brochure_Jun82.pdf

Mr.Amiga500
January 22nd, 2010, 08:15 PM
My first impression is that these have the look of HP terminals, but that's just a gut feel.

Since these are obviously operational and nearly new for 1983, are there any screen credits that might offer a clue?

The movie was actually made in 1981 - then delayed for 2 years after Natalie's death.

The terminals are colour, which I think were pretty rare in 1981.

Chuck(G)
January 22nd, 2010, 09:31 PM
I thought maybe Burroughs, too, but the monitor clamshell is wrong. Could be Tek graphics terminal; they had them in 1981 (long personal story about dodging bullets). There's a 1981 Tek catalog on bitsavers, but I don't feel like downloading all 250MB and leafing through it.