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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.
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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