ON THE USE OF VERY LOW COST TERMINALS
HOUSTON UNIV TX
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This effort seeks to maximize the number of places cities, buildings, rooms, desks,... from which people can interact with digital computers in a meaningful way. Because of the extraordinary availability and low cost of the ordinary telephone, it was chosen as the corner-stone of the project. A set of possible applications were then identified. This applications include desk calculator services scientific and business, information storage and retrieval public assistance and private industry and computer program development. For each category of applications, the identification of specific services is followed by a study of inputoutput language problems, economic considerations and human factor problems. These studies have involved the design and implementation of a specific hardware software system. Telephone signals are interfaced and multiplexed into an Interdata Model 14 computer in the same manner as teletype messages. Output is generated by a Cognitronics Speechmaker as a consequence of selection codes that are presented to a specially designed buffer. Requirements for large data collections and computational services are satisfied by a high speed connection to the Universitys central computing facility.
- Computer Hardware
- Non-Radio Communications