An article about the Canon Cat, a machine created by Jef Raskin who, after leaving Apple (and his former creation, the Macintosh), created the Cat. It was sold by Canon and featured an interface that was suppose to be for efficient word processing. From the article:
Once the project came into Steve Jobs’ orbit, the Mac that was launched was a considerably different machine than what Raskin had intended. And by then, he had already left Apple. However, he never gave up on producing an “information appliance” that embodied what he called a humane interface. He got his chance in 1987 with the Canon Cat, a $1,495 “work processor” marketed as “the brainchild of the man who originated The Macintosh Computer.” The Cat had a 9″ monochrome display like the first Mac but with an industrial design straight off the bridge of the original Star Trek’s Enterprise. Within the device lived a user interface optimized focused on getting work done—and even though the Cat was a short-lived disappointment at the time, it remains fascinating in this age of technology-driven distraction.