Olivetti M380/C (Pandora Project)

Olivetti 380/C Personal Computer  used in the Pandora Project
Machine type: XP 1050 Serial No: 3929437 1988

ME916 4MB RAM Card
GO723 HD/FD Controller ST506RLL
GO481 Paradise VGA PVGA1A
Western Digital WD8003EBT Ethernet Card.
Siemens ESCC2-Userboard 2 Channel Enhanced Serial Communication Controller with a Siemens 80186 CPU
The Pandora project eas an experimental system for multimedia applications instigated by Andy Hopper in conjunction with Olivetti Research Laboratory Trumpington St., Cambridge, UK, CB2 1QA and the University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory, Downing Place, Cambridge, UK, B23QG

Pandora was ajoint project between Olivetti Research Cambridge and the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. The project is investigating the use of multimedia workstations in a working environment with particular emphasis on digital video. It endeavours to place a camera on the desktop to make generation of multimedia documents as easy as producing text. We are aiming to produce a number of new applications as well as to provide insights into the way computer systems should be designed.

The project is in three stages. In the first a peripheral, Pandora's Box, has been designed. This box can be attached to any one of a range of workstations and provides multimedia features. In the second stage a number of such systems are being deployed amongst a community of systems developers and application writers. Finally we will use the experimental system in our daily work to evaluate new applications. From the users point of view the normal workstation environment is maintained but additional features are available.

The really interesting fact behind this machine is that it was used by the Olivetti Research team involved with the Pandora Project - see label on the reverse of the keyboard

Very kindly donated by Andy Taylor - http://www.retrocomputers.eu/

Manufacturer: Olivetti
Date: 1988

Olivetti M380/C (Pandora Project) Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Olivetti DE523 System and Serial Printers Olivetti
Olivetti DE 520 System General Manual Olivetti
Olivetti BCS 3030 Operators' Guide Olivetti 1978
Olivetti ET 111 Daisy Wheel Typewriter Manual Olivetti 1983

Olivetti M380/C (Pandora Project) Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Pandora: Pandoring To Big Brother 1992
Memories - Recollections of a Typewriter Mechanic John Holman 22-08-2012

Magazines RELATED to Olivetti M380/C (Pandora Project) in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Practical Computing - June 1988
Personal Computer World - May 1996
Personal Computer World - November 1980 November 1980
Personal Computer World - September 1982 01-09-1982
Practical Computing - April 1983 April 1983
Practical Computing - August 1983 August 1983
Practical Computing - December 1983 December 1983
Practical Computing - March 1984 March 1984
Practical Computing - April 1984 April 1984
Practical Computing - May 1984 May 1984
Practical Computing - July 1984 July 1984
Personal Computer World - September 1984 September 1984
Byte October 1984 October 1984
Personal Computer World - November 1984 November 1984
Informatics November 1984 November 1984
Personal Computer World - November 1985 01-11-1985
Practical Computing - January 1986 January 1986
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide April 1986
Personal Computer World - April 1986 01-04-1986
Practical Computing - May 1986 May 1986
Personal Computer World - May 1986 01-05-1986
Practical Computing - June 1986 June 1986
Personal Computer World - June 1986 01-06-1986
Practical Computing - July 1986 July 1986
PC Management August 1986 August 1986
Personal Computer World - February 1987 01-02-1987
Personal Computer World - July 1987 01-07-1987
Practical Computing - January 1988 January 1988
Personal Computer World - June 1988 01-06-1988
Practical Computing - July 1988 July 1988
Byte October 1988 October 1988
PC World Focus March 1989 Number 1 March 1989
PC Shareware Magazine Vol 1 No 1 December 1990 December 1990
Byte March 1993 March 1993
Personal Computer World - January 1994 01-01-1994
Personal Computer World - February 1994 01-02-1994
PC Pro Issue 1 November 1994 Dennis 01-11-1994
PC Pro Issue 2 December 1994 Dennis 01-12-1994
PC Pro January 1995 Dennis 01-01-1995
Personal Computer World - October 1996 01-10-1996
Byte June 1988 June 1998
Acorn User - May 1983 06-05-2009
Byte September 1992 23-09-2009

Other Systems Related To Olivetti M380/C (Pandora Project):

Item Manufacturer Date
Olivetti M21 Olivetti Unknown
Olivetti BCS 3030 Olivetti 1978
Olivetti Quaderno Olivetti 1982
Olivetti M24 Olivetti 1983
Olivetti M10 Olivetti 1st January 1983
Olivetti M290S Olivetti 1984
Olivetti M290 Olivetti 1984
Olivetti Prodest PC 128S Olivetti 1987
Olivetti PC1 Prodest Olivetti 1988
Olivetti EO Personal Communicator 440 Olivetti April 1993

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH11088. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

Olivetti M380/C (Pandora Project)


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