Husky (computer)

The DVW Husky is a rugged UK handheld released in 1981 by DVW Electronics. The Husky has been designed to be used in difficult conditions, such as wet and cold weather, by users such as the military. It is waterproof and can be placed from a considerable height on a hard surface without being damaged. The computer is handheld, with a membrane keyboard similar to that of the ZX81, and a 32×4 alphanumeric LCD. The Husky CPU is compatible with the Z80, and the computer incorporates a non-volatile base memory, 32K and 16K ROM. It was originally manufactured in response to a request from Severn Trent and was later used by the Department of Defense in the Rapier Missile project. It was replaced by the Husky Hunter in 1983. The Hunter has a chiclet keyboard, a 40×8 screen, 48K ROM, and up to 208K RAM. Several variants of Husky existed for specific applications.

BYTE in 1985 described the Husky as “the first computer held in the hand”. The author has reported that the hunter “makes all the other computers I’ve handled feel very fragile,” and concluded that “not everyone needs them, but if you do, you really do need”.

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