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H > HONEYWELL > H316 - Kitchen computer


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Honeywell H316 - Kitchen computer computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Tuesday 1st November 2022
Vernon Hamilton (US)

this is one of the very few WMI ever envisioned, as distinct from the MMI, which dominate the world even in this decade, and more current HMI, which are gradually replacing the MMI. No WMI ever created will ever need to be replaced.

Tuesday 9th May 2017
The Valeyard

This was almost certainly more of a publicity stunt than a real product $ the Nieman Marcus Christmas Catalogs often had some outrageously-expensive and impractical "gifts" in them, like "matching His-and-Hers aeroplanes" or "your very own life-sized Noah''s Ark replica" which no one was ever expected to actually *buy*, but would get people taking about "did you see that crazy thing they had in the catalog this year?" I''m sure both Honeywell and Nieman Marcus knew full well that no one in their right mind was going to pay $10K (equivalent to nearly $65K today!) for a "kitchen appliance" that required a computer-science degree to do anything with! :)

Friday 17th March 2017
Dan Sutton (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

The picture here actually shows just the console: there''s a Wikipedia article for the machine, which shows that in addition to the console, there''s also a large-fridge-sized CPU, and something else I''m having trouble identifying.

The article also says that Chuck Moore used the machine to develop FORTH, which is pretty impressive!

Friday 27th July 2012
Sharif George (London)

I have just been researching this model - the kitchen pedestal version - does anyone know where I can see one - prefer UK if I can.

Friday 13rd May 2011
Ronald L (Turkey)

I learned to program the Honeywell 316-R when I was in the Navy.

Sunday 16th January 2011
Ben S

The input/output appears to be a binary system of 16 switches and lights.$Kitchen_Computer

Thursday 26th November 2009
sante c (berlusconiland)

please, please, please tell me this is just an aprils fool joke

Wednesday 19th March 2008
Diego Barizo

I have seen a picture from a catalog, that seems to show that the apron was not included in the price.
After paying over $10K for the computer, the apron was $26 extra!

Thursday 28th December 2006
Mickey (San Francisco Bay Area)

There is one on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Wednesday 14th April 2004
dalton smith (U.S.)

I wonder If any body has a working model?

Friday 3rd October 2003
Hugh Redelmeier (Toronto)

This article claims that the kitchen computer came out in 1965. I don't think so.
1) $10K for this machine would have blown away the PDP-8 at $20K
2) I remember hearing about this at the time, and it was not 1965.
Another site suggests Christmas 1969, which seems about right.

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