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Hewlett Packard HP-94F Industrial Handheld Computer

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    Hewlett Packard HP-94F Industrial Handheld Computer

    Some believe that less than 1000 of these were ever made. None made it to full production.

    This is a very interesting HP industrial computer. It is barely 6" across and based on the NEC V20 CPU (8080 compatible).

    The HP-94F had the HP name but was actually manufactured by Canon. The HP-94 never made it to production.

    Specific details on this model can be found at the HP Museum

    This one is particularly interesting in that it might be an early prototype. Why?
    • It has no serial number
    • It has a different texture than the others that I have seen. Most are matte finish but this one is shiny.
    • The OS version is v0.01z

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    Wow that is Cool. I had a HP67 In 1976 and later a HP41C Programmable calculator.My teacher had the HP65 model.I remember programming my HP67 for a Math class for a test on Synthetic Division of Polynomials back in 1976.I finished the test in 5 minutes and walked out of the classroom.
    Half of the students stayed late to finish the test.I kept programming it on further tests and got 100% A+ scores.It's kind of funny to walk out of a school test in only 5 minutes.
    MY IDEA I wish that there was a G.U.I. keyboard one that could be programmed by an application to display icons or text on each Key\'s L.C.D. screen.


      That is a great calculator and it seems to be in pristine condition!

      I'm pretty sure that if I started adding other types of items to my collection my wife would kill me. . . I've always wanted to gather up some of the older programmable calculators, maybe some slide rules and, since I'm adding to my collection, some old (OLD) video games.

      Perhaps if I win the lottery?

      Thanks for sharing!

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        Originally posted by Erik
        I'm pretty sure that if I started adding other types of items to my collection my wife would kill me. . . I've always wanted to gather up some of the older programmable calculators, maybe some slide rules
        I hadn't thought about it; I have a K&E slide rule in my closet but don't know where to put the batteries!

        I bought a HP21 (scientific/engineering) calculator in 1975 for $125; showed it to my wife, then used a screwdriver to open it up to see its' internals. She nearly killed me on the spot!

        I also have a HP38E (financial/statistical) calculator here somewhere. I don't think the 21 was programmable but the 38E is. I have a book here somewhere.

        (I have a LOT of stuff here, somewhere)


          Wow, that's pretty cool. Having a prototype of such an odd device is surely a run of really good luck. Where'd you pick it up?