Penman Robotic Turtle Plotter Printer
The Penman Robotic Turtle/Plotter is just as its name applies...a robotic plotting device that connects up to an RS-232 serial port. It consists of two pieces...the turtle, which has wells to hold 3 pens of various colours, plus a centre well for a black pen, and which crawls around on castors. The second part is the control unit which is connected to the computer's RS-232 port and which accepts movement commands from the computer as well as position data from the turtle. The two are connected by way of a ribbon cable which feeds out from a well in the control unit. The Penman dates from about 1985.
It was a side design from one of the Eurotherm Engineers and they were at one point, a subsidiary of Chessel (now called Eurotherm Chart Recorders).Date : 3rd January 1985
Manufacturer : Penman
Physical Description : Cardboard sleeve Polystyrene packaging AC adapter Printer Cable 6 Pentel pens (2 red, 2 green, 2 black) x3 packs of ^4 Fibre Tipped Pens^ (in original unopened packaging) 8 Pens 6 adaptors 2 metal pins User Manual Advise Note Check Sheet 11 sheets of paper
This exhibit has a reference ID of CH20994. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.