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C > CANON  > Object.Station   


After NeXT abandoned the hardware business,Canon (who had a large investment in NeXT) bought the licence and started producing the successor to the NeXTstation.

The Object Station was an Intel-based PC specifically adapted to run the NEXTSTEP O/S. There were two versions available, the 31 and the 41, with IDE & SCSI being the main difference. There are also specs for a Pentium-based 51 but it remains unclear whether it actually came to market.

The computer could also run Windows and other PC operating systems. It came with a keyboard, that had the NeXT-specific keys found on NeXT keyboards and accompanied by a 17" or 21" monitor (made by Hitachi). NEXTSTEP 3.3 O/S was pre-installed.

The Object Station did not sell very well (possibly due to marketing and Canon having other plans than being a PC manufacturer) and thus was very short lived, making it a very hard to find item.

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.



Still have a number of old computer and game systems,Apple IIc,Apple IIe,atari 2600,pong systems,Intellivision,nintendo.Love messing with old systems.had a Canon Objectstation computer with windows 3.0 it was my first dive into ibm/windows based systems.

Saturday 11th February 2017
Falkon215 (Milwaukee)

i really like this machine and it was my first proper computer. i kept the pre-installed os on it for a year and then upgraded it to 95 later on. a great pc for the ninties it does canon proud.

Monday 7th April 2008
declan donohue (england)

the last real looking computer of the 90's :(

Sunday 3rd December 2006
jon (alabama)


NAME  Object.Station
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1994
KEYBOARD  Canon keyboard with NeXT-specific keycaps
CPU  Intel 486DX4/100
RAM  16 MB (up to 96 MB)
TEXT MODES  Bit-mapped characters
GRAPHIC MODES  Max 1280x1024
COLORS  16bit
SOUND  Soundblaster compatible
I/O PORTS  Fast-SCSI-2, Ethernet, parallel, serial, keyboard mouse, video, microphone, headphone, stereo out
OS  NEXSTEP, Openstep, Windows NT
POWER SUPPLY  95-130V or 180-270V, 180W
PRICE  ~$4000

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