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Photos: Atari, homebrews, robots, and more at Vintage Computer Festival East XIII

Altair, Apple, Atari, Commodore, SGI, Tandy, and more at Vintage Computer Festival East XIII

Vintage Computer Festival East XIII, held May 18-20, 2018 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ, featured dozens of hands-on exhibitions of historic computers, peripherals, and software.

Most of the exhibits focused on 1970s-1980s microcomputers such as S-100 "homebrew" systems of the mid-1970s (Altair, IMSAI, SOL, etc.) and home microcomputers of the 1980s from companies like Apple, Atari, Commodore, and RadioShack. Other exhibitors demonstrated homemade software and modern hacks, robotics, and early digital computerized video systems.

The InfoAge center is also home to a computer museum hosted by Vintage Computer Federation (VCF), which is the nonprofit organization that leads the Festival series. The museum's artifacts include gems such as various analog and digital mainframes from the 1950s-1960s--even a restored and operating UNIVAC mainframe that formerly belonged to the US Navy.

The next edition of the VCF series is Vintage Computer Festival West, held August 4-5, 2018 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Note: TechRepublic contributing writer and the author of this gallery Evan Koblentz is VCF executive director.

Image: Dan Roganti

About Evan Koblentz

Evan became a technology reporter during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. He published a book, "Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers" in 2015 and is executive director of Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3 non-p...

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