The Linus Write-Top lets you write directly on the screen with the included stylus. It is not a touch screen, it is a "resistive type touch screen in which a voltage is applied to the screen edges, and a stylus detects the voltage at the touched location." This allows for very high resolution and repeatable stylus tracking.
Using an advanced symbol-recognition algorithm, the Linus ("of or about lines") converts your scrawls into perfect text at a rate of about 5 characters per second. It recognizes uppercase, lowercase, numbers, symbols - up to 75 total.
The Write-Top is IBM PC-compatible, with standard serial, printer, external 5 1/4-inch floppy ("D:" drive) ports.
There's also a standard keyboard port so it can be used for word processing or other uses.
The optional internal modem allows transfer of data to remote systems over the telephone line.
An external floppy drive can be attached for local data storage and transfer. The internal 3.5-inch floppy is always available
"What a relief! No more typing, typos or memorizing combinations of keystrokes. Now there's the LINUS wrilc-top: a compact, easy-to-use system that replaces the keyboard and typing with the stylus (pen) and the notepad—tools you already know how to use effectively.
The LINUS writc-lop reads your handwriting and converts it into typewritten (ASCII) formal,
Tasks that were once cumbersome and time consuming can be transformed into streamlined, automated operations. The LINUS write-top in turn allows you to do your job that much better. Just write your comments, complete forms, or even draw with the stylus — it's that simple to use.
While it is easy to use, your LINUS is a powerful tool. Most important, like paper, your LINUS is portable. Whether you use commercial software or specially-developed stylus-based application software, your LINUS is capable of performing an enormous variety of tasks."
Weight: 9 lbs / 4 kg
CPU: NEC V20 (8088) @ 7.16MHz
RAM: 640K system memory
Display: LCD: 80 x 25 text
640 x 200 graphics
Ports: serial, printer, keyboard
Options: modem, keyboard, floppy
Storage: internal 720K 3.5-inch floppy
OS: MS-DOS 3.30
We have two machines:
Model 1000-00 R/L-03
Serial Number 10253
Serial Number 20117
Both machines and the User Instructions were very kindly donated by John Mawhood
Manufacturer: Linus Technologies
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