Accession Number:

AD0650034

Title:

JOSS: CONSOLE DESIGN,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

124.0

Abstract:

The report describes the development at RAND of a remote typewriter console for use with JOSS, RANDs personal on-line computing service, and demonstrates the extreme care that must be taken to design an acceptable console for personal use by casual users. The inputoutput version of the familiar IBM Selectric was selected as the central element of the console because of its excellent keyboard feel, its high-quality output at a speed of 150 words per minute, its compact size, and its relatively low noise level. Primary considerations in the design of a console to house the typewriter included dimensions required for operator comfort and convenience, console mobility, the projected number of required electronic components and their packaging, and the incorporation of the associated switches and indicator lights in a small auxiliary control box. Discussion of the physical console is followed by an overview of the logic required to enable the user and JOSS to share the typewriter productively in an interactive conversation. Finally, a detailed description of this logical design is given in hardware terms.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE