[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Visual 102 Terminal

April 30th, 2012 by Benj Edwards

Visual 102 Terminal Ad - 1984The Visual 102 Graphics Terminal

[ From BYTE Magazine, April 1984, p.56 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever used a serial terminal with graphics capabilities (and actually used it with graphics)? Tell us about it.

6 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Visual 102 Terminal”

  1. Garrett Meiers Says:

    I’ve never owed a serial terminal that did graphics such as this one. I do remember being fascinated with graphical serial terminals, and remember playing with graphics using terminal emulators back in the day.

  2. jarson Says:

    I had a teacher from High school give me a dumb terminal that someone was throwing out. I was real excited but I could never get it to do anything, I had fun taking it apart.

    My favorite line from the above ad: “The UL Listed VISUAL 102 exceeds FCC Class A requirements and U.S. Government standards for X-Ray emissions”.

  3. Donn Says:

    I love the “low profile keyboard.” Compared to what, a Grass Valley mixer?

  4. Thomas Says:

    I don’t think I used one quite like this, but I remember drawing the unit circle on a terminal by plotting sin x + cos x = 1 and thinking it was about the coolest thing in the world. This was is the early 80s, possibly 1982. Ah, the memories.

  5. Stacy Says:

    We use Wyse Zenith Pro thin clients at my work today. They are modern day terminals that have Windows 7 imbedded. We use a more graphics intensive model as well, which is basically what the model above is.

  6. Ronny Svedman Says:

    I have a Visual 550 in my basement, and a tektronix 4006-1 on my desk. I do use them for graphics but of course it is thirty years too late.

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