Instant Holiday Promotion
Honeywell had pitched the machines for industry, mathematics, medical, scientific research, and other advanced uses – but apparently Nieman Marcus thought they could possibly have a place in the kitchen. What was billed as a "writing table" became a kitchen cutting-board and voilà -- instant holiday promotion!
The advertisement reads:
If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute
"Her soufflés are supreme, her meal planning a challenge? She's what the Honeywell people had in mind when they devised our Kitchen Computer. She'll learn to program it with a cross-reference to her favorite recipes by N-M's own Helen Corbitt. Then by simply pushing a few buttons obtain a complete menu organized around the entrée. And if she pales at reckoning her lunch tabs, she can program it to balance the family checkbook.
In 1952, Nieman Marcus introduced a tradition of listing extravagant gifts on its Christmas catalog. Since then, it's advertised obnoxious luxuries like a toy tiger covered in diamonds, a golden toilet seat, and a robe worn by a Chinese emperor in 1770.
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It's the designer's integration of features useful in a kitchen that really impressed me. I'm talking about the built-in cutting board... though I'm not sure what happened if you washed it...
But who on Earth... would ?..
"1969. Aliens are already here, but humanity isn't subjugated yet."
re oric 1.
yes and the display didnt really work well in PAL land, circles would come out as ellipses etc///
Title needed why?
"Special Features: Built-in cutting board"
So what happens when the cutting board BSODs?
Laugh all you want
I'm quite sure the Kitchen Computer met its sales target and provided useful PR.