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Telidon / Teleguide Terminal

Telidon / Teleguide Terminal
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Release Date: 1/1/1984
Manufacturer: Electrohome
On Loan From: Lance Squire
Before the Internet took off with the World Wide Web, access to interactive information was available with the Telidon system. Using a standard phone line, the Telidon would communicate with a host machine and allow for advanced graphics (at the time) and interactive information to be delivered directly to the terminal.

The graphics language is called the North American Presentation Level Protocol System (NAPLPS) and was the first videotex software to employ alphageometric technology.

Funded originally as a government project, the Teleguide project sank as quickly as the funding dried up but some of the technology was acquired by Bell and made it into their Alextel terminals, many of which are still in use today. This machine is an important part of Canadian technology history and gives a glimpse into how things might have been.

User Comments
Justin on Thursday, December 29, 2016
Yes, ALEX (and ALEXtel hardware) was based on NAPLPS and was one of the descendants of the Telidon project. ALEXtel was made to look like Minitel because that was the world leader in videotex, but the data exchange did not follow Minitel's protocols at all. Videotex protocol usage broke down along strict national/regional lines, and died out altogether before interoperability was achieved.
Maury Markowitz on Monday, November 09, 2015
Did Alextel really support telidon? I though they were nothing more than re-badged Mintiel terminals?
James Alexander on Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I remember using these on a few occasions in the early 80's (83 or 84 I think). They could be found in a few public places, shopping malls, hotels etc. Last time I saw one was in pickering town center. Unlike todays internet kiosks, telidon was free to use.
Rob Michalchuk on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I remember being amazed by this machine as a kid in the 1980's. It was sitting on the front desk counter in the Brantford Flying Club office. Pilots could come in and check out the weather world wide anytime. I was more amazed by the funny keypad and the colour graphics as a kid since at home I was use to a green monochrome Apple II.
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