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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : Amiga Walker: A clarification
   posted by Dandy on 22-Aug-2008 7:17:08 (4434 reads)
Klaus Schwägerl, meanwhile CEO of 'Die Projektfabrik GmbH', sent a letter to amiga-news.de about the Amiga model Walker, which was shown as a prototype in 1996 by Amiga Technologies at the CeBIT fair in Hannover, Germany. A translation of what he wrote can be found on the English news pages of Amiga-News.de...
    

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 9:25:12
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Walker had a very interesting design, controversial, but I like it. I hope that this design will be manufactured someday.

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
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A computer/hoover hybrid could be very useful...


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 10:16:34
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Cool!
A clarification after all those years!

So, who wants to buy the design?


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 10:49:38
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Maybe a unique case for NatAmi? Assuming they don't want a fortune for the design, and that it doesn't cost a fortune to make, of course...

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 11:34:20
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So what ?

This thing was really ugly... looked like a vacuhum cleaner lol

And hardware war has long been lost... so...

Last edited by Leo on 22-Aug-2008 at 11:36 AM.


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
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Beautiful design.
I would certainly buy one when it is ready

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 13:28:46
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@ ChrisH

Quote:

A computer/hoover hybrid could be very useful...


@ Leo

Quote:

This thing was really ugly... looked like a vacuhum cleaner lol


To quote Lillie Tomlin:
"There's nothing like a Hoover when you are dealing with dirt!"


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 15:10:03
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I thought the design was cool. Would be cool if they could reuse if it for the SAM board if it ever gets OS4.

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 16:11:24
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"SCA"Merlancia never paid for the design but claimed to own it. WOW!! Shocker there.

That explains a lot.

Think it would be cool to buy a Walker case someday.


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
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Quote:
This thing was really ugly... looked like a vacuhum cleaner lol


just saw a blender with the same Walker look and bright colors.


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
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http://www.blachford.info/computer/walker/walker.html

I really liked this design, and the AmigaMCC case I wished they had came out.


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 18:36:20
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I have to say I didn't like the Walker design at all!

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 19:58:54
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Amiga MCC looked cool and modern but the Walker was kinda hobbyish and bodged together - perfect for the hobbyish bodged together Amiga Inc. Amiga The Sam440EP, Minimig & Natami seem far to professional so why not put some ACK Software Controls stuff in one


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
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The Walker was almost the perfect case. The color of the CD / Disk station would have
needed to be same as the rest for the case to be perfect. And it would have been
better if it had more horsepower to really appeal to the public.
I would say it was a litte ahead of it's time.

Last edited by Manu on 22-Aug-2008 at 08:52 PM.
Last edited by Manu on 22-Aug-2008 at 08:52 PM.


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 22:08:36
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Walker was very SGI O2ish, not sure which came first. It might have been the Walker.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SGI_O2

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 22-Aug-2008 22:56:17
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Don't forget that most of the "looks" are just external plastic/metal. It was how it worked and the concept of expandability that made it so interesting. Imagine taking a Micro and starting with a slim case for your college days and growing it as your income and computing needs increase. I think it was a great concept, just needed to tweak the shell a bit.

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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 23-Aug-2008 13:47:42
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So how many years have Merlancia been advertising the fact they they owned the rights to the Walker case and design?

Anyways, the case itself is a moot point, as it can be replaced. Of more interest is the design processes behind the motherboard it was using which clearly isn't your usual affair.


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
Posted on 23-Aug-2008 19:39:03
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And who owns the rights of the Amiga MMC design now?
Merlancia?! After this story I don't think so...


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
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Goooood, the dark side will win again!
So A Cube, Troika or Elbox, are you interested to by design__?


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Re: Amiga Walker: A clarification
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CodeSmith said: Quote:
Maybe a unique case for NatAmi? Assuming they don't want a fortune for the design, and that it doesn't cost a fortune to make, of course...


So far as I understand it, the NatAmi will be practically pocket-sized. Not quite the sort of thing suited to a case like this, unless someone made a waaaay-shrunk-down copycat of the Walker design.


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