The Poly was a home/educational computer platform developed in New Zealand in the early 1980s. It was marketed to schools, but because it was prohibitively expensive and somewhat idiosyncratic, the main customers seem to have been the Australian Army and somebody in China.
Perhaps its most remarkable feature was its ability for networking, which seems to have used a protocol all of its own. For a year or two it may have been the most network capable home computer in the world, before 3Com thought to make Ethernet cards for the Apple II.
It was named after Wellington Polytechnic, where it was developed.
Contributor: Tony Thompson
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Poly 1 Educational Computer
END OF PRODUCTION
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
BASIC interpreter + text editor
Full QWERTY keyboard + function keys
1 MHz or 4 MHz (Unconfirmed)
2 x 240x204 Display pages or 1 x 480x204 Display page – 48K 2 Text screens – 2K
16 KB BASIC + 4 KB BIOS
Display 1 - 40x24 Text Display 3 - 40x24 TeleText
Displays 2 & 4 – 240x204 Display 5 – 480x204
Clock chip (Unknown specs)
SIZE / WEIGHT
Big & heavy
DIN Network connector
BUILT IN MEDIA
Proprietary Networking System to a CP/M based server (no internal storage)