View Full Version : Mystery Magnetic Card Reader

March 3rd, 2012, 07:27 PM
I found this thing in a pile of odds and ends.

Looks like some sort of reader for cards that have a magnetic stripe on them. Possibly it's even a writer.
The off part is that it takes cards smaller than a credit card and the stripe would be located in the middle, not near the side.

It's a curious piece of gear. It was also made by a company that no longer makes them and has not existed for a long time. All its external connections appear to be equally as puzzling. Might anyone know what it is or what kind of cards it would take?

March 3rd, 2012, 08:09 PM
It looks very much like a time in-out machine, for businesses.

March 3rd, 2012, 09:58 PM
Agreed--reminds me of an old-style badge reader. Same idea. I suspect that the 6 digit LED display shows current time-of-day.