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pixar image computer - Steve Jobs -Museum-Quality Artifact, very rare- Lucasfilm
pixar-image-computer-Steve-Jobs-Museum-Quality-Artifact-very-rare-Lucasfilm
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Jul 26, 2012
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Stuarts Draft, Virginia, United States

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Last updated on  Jul 20, 2012 15:33:23 PDT  View all revisions

This computer was originally developed by the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, later renamed Pixar after being purchased by Steve Jobs on February 3, 1986.

What's unique about this computer is the tomb stone design and matching monitor paint scheme.


This is a museum-quality historical artifact, I am unsure if it is in working condition because I don't currently have a power cord to test the computer. I was able to turn on the monitor. It powered on and a green light came on by the power switch however the screen did not light up. I'm unsure if that was a result of not being connected to the computer. This is being sold as is and is being sold as a non working computer.

 
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history associated with Disney,Lucasfilm,Steve Jobs, and Pixar.
 
****very few of these are known to exist****
 
Again, I doubt anyone will ever find another historical computer directly linked to so many legendary names "Steve Jobs,Pixar,Disney,Lucasfilm." The lucky buyer of this rare machine will be getting a piece of history that will increase in value forever. Good Luck to all !!!!!
 
FYI...Google Pixar computer for more detailed information
 
also there is a small hair line crack on the plastic molding on the monitor. I took several pictures but was unable to get a picture clear enough to

illustrate it. It is very difficult to see even very close up. also there is a blemish on one of the corners (shown in picture) of the computer.

I would preffer local pic up but if your willing to pay for the shipping I'll work with you.
 
feel free to contact me if you have any questions
 
you can call with questions
 
(540)-292-9183
 
 


On Jul-25-12 at 03:48:19 PDT, seller added the following information:

When I listed this item I had very little information about this item. Yestarday I talked to Bruce and this is what he had to say: This is actually a PIXAR II Image Computer (PIC II). It was the second generation product and it will not do anything without a workstation connected to it and it looks like the workstation interface card is missing. Looking at the serial number, it was manufactured in July/August of 1988 and includes one CHAP SIMD processor card and one memory expansion card. I won't comment on the value of it now, but in its day, it would run circles around anything short of a Cray for certain image processing tasks such as convolution filters and compositing, which is what is was designed for. Comparing it to an SGI machine or any other graphics workstation is not really a reasonable comparison as they were designed for completely differnt tasks. A graphics workstation was all about 3D graphics with heavy floating point computational requirements. The PIC was designed for image processing, not graphics, and didn't even have floating point hardware, although there was a version of REYES that ran on it and a good portion of the Pixar short "Red's Dream" was actually rendered on PICs. I was one of the engineers that built the thing, so it really did bring back some memories. Good luck on finding it a good home! In a follow up phone call he said that about 100 of the first generation were made and about 200 of this model were made. The two people to purchase these machines on the east cost were John Hopkins University and the US Navy. So more then likely this was one of those.

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