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Pronto Series 16 Personal Computer

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Maker:
PRONTO Computers, Inc.
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 39.5 cm x 17.8 cm x 34.5 cm; 15 9/16 in x 7 in x 13 9/16 in
Object Name:
microcomputer
Place Made:
United States: California, Torrance
Date made:
1983-1987
Description:
Pronto Systems, Inc. introduced its Pronto Series 16 computer in 1983. It represented the high end of business computing of its era. The Pronto pioneered innovative design features, including a tilting and swiveling monitor, small foot print, a streamlined and adjustable keyboard, and an expandable cord that allowed the processor to be stored as much as six feet away from the monitor. These features won a 1983 design award from Industrial Design Magazine. The computer offered the first tower system—a design that later became common in the industry.
Inside, the Pronto 16 was a powerful machine designed for the full range of business applications. It had a 16-bit Intel 80186 microprocessor. It was shipped with MS-DOS 2.0. It had 128 KB of RAM, which could be expanded to 1 MB. The standard hard drive was 5.6 MB, and it was removable. The computer had dual 800 KB floppy drives (5 ¼"), dual serial ports, one parallel port, and a high-resolution monochrome monitor. Users could buy a color monitor as an option. Base price was $3,000.
Over 1,000 systems were sold from 1983 to 1987. The company had to file for bankruptcy when the stock market crashed while the company was in the process of going public through an Initial Public Offering.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Henry Gasbarro and Skip Hansen
ID Number:
2001.0255.01
Catalog number:
2001.0255.01
Accession number:
2001.0255
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Work
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Computers

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Artist:
Jean-Francois Podevin, born 1954
Medium:
Acrylic on board
Dimensions:
66cm x 51.3cm (26" x 20 3/16"), Image
Type:
Painting
Date:
1986
Topic:
Equipment\Computer
Equipment\Industrial
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.90.TC32
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Computer, Protractor-Computer, Felsenthal

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Manufacturer:
G. Felsenthal & Sons Inc.
Materials:
Plastic
Ink
Paint
Non-magnetic metal
Dimensions:
3-D: 11 × 0.2cm (4 5/16 × 1/16 in.)
Storage: 16 × 16 × 5.1cm (6 5/16 × 6 5/16 × 2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
Clear and off white with red and black markings, plastic, instructions.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19772043000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Navigation

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Manufacturer:
Specialized Electronics Corp.
Materials:
Computer:
Plastic
Paint
Case:
Plastic
Synthetic Fabric
Steel
Copper Alloy
Chrome Plating
Paint
Instructions:
Paper
Ink
Charger:
Plastic
Rubber
Copper Alloy
Chrome Plating
Box:
Cardboard
Foam
Plastic
Adhesive
Dimensions:
3-D (Boxed): 21.6 × 20.3 × 9.8cm (8 1/2 × 8 × 3 7/8 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
Flight and preflight navigation computer.
Inventory Number:
A19790181000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Spacelab

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Manufacturer:
IBM Corporation
Materials:
Metals (stainless steel, aluminum)
Dimensions:
3-D: 29.8 x 54.6 x 22.2cm (11 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Summary:
This is an IBM AP-101 computer, which was used in Spacelab to operate the laboratory's subsystems (power, thermal, etc.) as well as to monitor and control experiment operations through a data display system with keyboard and screen.
NASA reported this computer as flown on Space Shuttle missions STS-50 (U.S. Microgravity Laboratory 1, 1992) and STS-73 (U.S. Microgravity Laboratory 2, 1995) before transferring it to the Museum.
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A20000664000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station:
Human Spaceflight
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National Air and Space Museum

Computer, Nauticator

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Manufacturer:
Leiv Jernaes
Materials:
Plastic
Aluminum
Steel
Dimensions:
3-D (Computer): 31.8 x 19.7 x 0.6cm (12 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 1/4 in.)
2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Booklet): 29.8 x 21cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Physical Description:
The "Nauticator" is an aerial navigational instrument of plastic, used by U.S. Navy
Credit Line:
Transferred from United States Navy, Systems Command
Inventory Number:
A19700381000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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IAS Computer

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Director:
von Neumann, John
Previous owner:
Institute for Advanced Study
Maker:
von Neumann, John
Institute for Advanced Study
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 118 in x 126 in x 33 in; 299.72 cm x 320.04 cm x 83.82 cm
Object Name:
computer
mainframe computer
Place Made:
United States: New Jersey, Princeton
Date made:
1946-1951
Description:
The IAS Computer was named for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. The computer was built from 1946 to 1951 at the Institute under the direction of John von Neumann, a mathematics professor at both Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. Funds for the computer came from the Institute, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, and several military agencies of the U.S. Government. It cost several hundred thousand dollars. The goal of developing the IAS was to make digital computer designs more practical and efficient.
For further information about the computer, see Willis H. Ware. The History and Development of the Electronic Computer Project at the Institute for Advanced Study (1953). This is available online.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Princeton University
ID Number:
CI.320250.01
Catalog number:
320250
Accession number:
220575
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Military
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Computer

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Artist:
Boris Artzybasheff, 1899 - 16 Jul 1965
Medium:
Tempera and pencil on Masonite
Dimensions:
53.3cm x 40.6cm (21" x 16"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1965
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Interior
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Printed Material\Papers
Home Furnishings\Telephone
Equipment\Computer
Human Figures
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine; conserved with funds from The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Object number:
NPG.78.TC134
Rights:
© Boris Artzybasheff
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Computer, Dead Reckoning, Batori Computer Co.

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Manufacturer:
Batori Computer Co. Inc.
Materials:
Aluminum
Plastic
Ink
Dimensions:
3-D (Computer): 19.1 × 13 × 1.3cm (7 1/2 × 5 1/8 × 1/2 in.)
Storage: 41.9 × 31.8 × 3.2cm (16 1/2 × 12 1/2 × 1 1/4 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
Switzerland
Physical Description:
Slide and computer: aluminum with black markings.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19771413000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Dead Reckoning, Batori Computer Co.

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Manufacturer:
Batori Computer Co. Inc.
Materials:
Aluminum, Copper Alloy, Nickel Plating, Ink
Dimensions:
3-D (Computer): 7.6 × 0.6cm (3 × 1/4 in.)
Storage (Computer): 12.7 × 12.7 × 2.5cm (5 × 5 × 1 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
Switzerland
Physical Description:
Aluminum with black markings, pocket size.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19771637000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Dead Reckoning, Batori Computer Co.

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Manufacturer:
Batori Computer Co. Inc.
Materials:
Aluminum
Copper Alloy
Nickel Plating
Ink
Dimensions:
3-D (Computer): 10.2 × 0.6cm (4 × 1/4 in.)
Storage: 12.7 × 12.7 × 3.8cm (5 in. × 5 in. × 1 1/2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
Switzerland
Physical Description:
Aluminum with black markings; jet computer.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19771638000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Dead Reckoning, Batori Computer Co.

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Manufacturer:
Batori Computer Co. Inc.
Materials:
Aluminum
Ink
Copper Alloy
Nickel plating
Dimensions:
3-D (Computer): 12.1 × 1cm (4 3/4 × 3/8 in.)
Storage: 12.7 × 12.7 × 3.8cm (5 in. × 5 in. × 1 1/2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
Switzerland
Physical Description:
Aluminum with black markings.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19771636000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Mach, Felsenthal

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Manufacturer:
G. Felsenthal & Sons Inc.
Materials:
Aluminum
Paint
Dimensions:
3-D (Computer): 15.2 × 0.3cm (6 × 1/8 in.)
Storage: 17.8 × 17.8 × 7.6cm (7 × 7 × 3 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
Aluminum with black markings.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19771539000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Radar, Felsenthal

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Manufacturer:
G. Felsenthal & Sons Inc.
Materials:
Plastic
Ink
Copper Alloy
Steel
Dimensions:
3-D (computer): 20.3 × 0.6cm (8 × 1/4 in.)
Storage: 33 × 33 × 7.6cm (13 × 13 × 3 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
Beige plastic with black markings.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19771705000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Case, Flight Computer

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Owner:
William J. Powell
Materials:
Leather
Non-magnetic metal
Dimensions:
3-D: 11.6 × 12.1 × 0.6cm (4 9/16 × 4 3/4 × 1/4 in.)
Storage: 27.3 × 20.3 × 0.3cm (10 3/4 × 8 × 1/8 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Physical Description:
Brown-black case for computer
Credit Line:
Gift of William J. Powell, III.
Inventory Number:
A20100222001
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Digital, Gemini

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Manufacturer:
IBM Corporation
Materials:
Aluminum case with interior parts consisting of wires, semiconductors, and other electronic components.
Dimensions:
3-D: 35.6 x 45.7 x 33cm (14 x 18 x 13 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Summary:
This is an on-board guidance computer used in the Gemini program. In contrast to Mercury capsules, which had no on-board computing capability, Gemini spacecraft required an on-board computer to assist in rendezvous operations and in maneuvers to change its orbit. Both were necessary steps to lunar expeditions undertaken with Project Apollo.
The computer used discrete, solid state components and magnetic core memory. It was manufactured by IBM. This specimen is probably an unflown test article.
Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1973.
Credit Line:
Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19731660000
Rights:
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Computer, Navigation, Japanese

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Materials:
Plastic
Copper Alloy
Unknown Surface Coating
Dimensions:
5 1/2" Diameter x 11/16"
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
Japan
Physical Description:
135mm dia; 4 scale discs,single courser, ww 2
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19601100000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Mach, Felsenthal

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Manufacturer:
G. Felsenthal & Sons Inc.
Materials:
Plastic
Non-magnetic white metal
Paint
Dimensions:
3-D: 15.2 × 0.3cm (6 × 1/8 in.)
Storage: 17.8 × 17.8 × 1.3cm (7 × 7 × 1/2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
White and yellow plastic with black markings, clear arm.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19771542000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, OV-10

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Manufacturer:
G. Felsenthal & Sons Inc.
Materials:
Plastic
Steel
Paint
Dimensions:
3-D: 16.2 × 15.6 × 1.3cm (6 3/8 × 6 1/8 × 1/2 in.)
Storage: 47 × 35.6 × 5.1cm (18 1/2 × 14 × 2 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
Grey, white, red, green and blue plastic with black figures.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ben W. Rau
Inventory Number:
A19772333000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Computer, Triple-Slide

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Manufacturer:
R. J. Hoffman Standard Aeronautical Co.
Materials:
Wood
Cardboard
Fabric
Paper
Ink
Adhesive
Plastic
Aluminum
Copper Alloy
Dimensions:
3-D (Main Component): 35.1 × 29.7 × 0.6cm (13 13/16 × 11 11/16 × 1/4 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
One "Triple-Slide" calculator with solid back, paper and cardboard slides, and a plastic triangle indicator.
Inventory Number:
A19350008000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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