Obscure MIT-spinoff computer (Was: What's the rarest or most unusual computer-related item do you own?)

Noel Chiappa jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Wed Jan 11 07:58:17 CST 2017

    > From: Brad H

    > 4) Videobrain Family Computer

So this tickled a question I'd been meaning to ask. Circa 1975, there was an
MIT spinoff which designed and built a 'personal computer' (that's
effectively what it was, although it wasn't called that). The company had
gotten their start building digital (IIRC) capacitance meters (back when
capacitance meters were not common).

So they then decided that their next product would be a small computer. I
don't recall the exact name, but it was something like 'Micro-Brain'
(something with 'Brain' in it, IIRC). The computer was not a success
(technically), and IIRC, it sank the company.

Does this ring any bells for anyone?


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