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    I won this in a state surplus auction of 10 miscellaneous PC's. I can find no information on the computer or the manufacturer. I think it is really cool looking and think it should be saved. Not sure what its purpose was as laptops were already a thing in 95. Would appreciate any assistance you guys might offer. Its a portable PC with a compact case and a handle.

    Manufacturer: Arkenstone Inc.
    Model: Pen2-60
    Mfg Date: 08/23/95
    Voltage: 120
    Hertz: 60
    Options: S/B 204571

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    Definitely military, probably avionics. The board is similar in design to some of the PCBs in the AN/UYK-20 computer used in the ATC Radar I worked on in the Marines. The metal frame allows for conduction cooling of the PCBs.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sjohnson12 View Post
    I won this in a state surplus auction of 10 miscellaneous PC's. I can find no information on the computer or the manufacturer. I think it is really cool looking and think it should be saved. Not sure what its purpose was as laptops were already a thing in 95. Would appreciate any assistance you guys might offer. Its a portable PC with a compact case and a handle.

    Manufacturer: Arkenstone Inc.
    Model: Pen2-60
    Mfg Date: 08/23/95
    Voltage: 120
    Hertz: 60
    Options: S/B 204571

    MVIMG_20200918_183122.jpg
    How about zooming out. I'd like to see the whole thing in addition to your very nice photo of the label.

    Greg

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    dupee Mods please delete.

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    Arkenstone specialized in OCR text to speech systems. https://web.archive.org/web/19990208...rkenstone.org/

    I don't see a portable model listed but they had a line of generic boxes given the moniker of "Arkenclone" so a few different designs were likely. Normally, I would expect https://abledata.acl.gov/product/arkenclone to be a very similar system to what you have.

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    Has anyone seen anything like this before? Won it in a government surplus auction and can't find anything about it online. Thanks!

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    Thank you for the response! I posted a reply to another post with several more pics. I hope this helps. Thanks again!

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    Very strange PC, with braille and raised slot symbols for the visually impaired. Probably not military (I hope !)

    What do the blue slider type controls do ?

    Ah Ha

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXvAppdnkDc

    Dedicated speech synthesis computer !

    http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/LIBRARY/VI/ocr.htm

    Seems like it was part of a document OCR and conversion to braille and speech system which makes the controls and the touch readable slot ID's sensible.
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    Nice, thanks!!!

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