Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle
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Possibly the world's worst product

Neiman Marcus featured this item in its 1969 catalog, selling them for for $10,600 each. They called it a "Kitchen Computer," and the idea was that housewives would keep it in the kitchen for storing and retrieving recipes. One problem was the input was only via binary coding into its underlying Honeywell 316 minicomputer (in other words there wasn't a keyboard in the ordinary sense - you instead pressed the numbered address switches and register buttons shown above). The other problem was that the advertising tagline was pretty bad even for the time: "If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute."

Neiman Marcus failed to sell even one of these.
Possibly the world's worst product

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