The Kenbak-1 was the first ever personal computer, released in 1971 and able to complete a variety of complex mathematical equations using binary input. This stunning full-size recreation by Adwater & Stir pays homage to the incredibly rare collectable original with this 50 piece limited run of their Kenbak-1 Replica.
Adwater & Stir have gone above and beyond to ensure this replica is as accurate as possible. In striving to create this precise remake they contacted the manufacturers of the originals outer shell, and were told that the case had been discontinued in the early 80s! The maker was ever hopeful, and asked for a limited run of the cases to be created – but was sadly denied. Thankfully, the manufacturers were more than happy to share the original engineering drawings – which Adwater & Stir took to a local metal shop to have recreated. This hard work and dedication shine through in the final product, a thoughtful recreation of an essential aspect of computing history.Having sold a micro and a nano version of this on Tindie in the past, it’s clear that Adwater & Stir know their stuff. Operated by an ATMEL processor, this more straightforward and modernised circuit runs the same way as the original Kenbak-1. It even has enhancements ranging from a real-time clock to a USB connection, which allows for uploading or downloading code.
Adwater & Stir is an independent electronics company based in Minnesota, USA, and has been selling their recreations on Tindie since 2018.