MECA Monitor/Tape Drive
This odd looking device is an Exidy 12" Video Display that
has been modified to accept a tape drive. The parts for
this modification was designed by a company called MECA, who
provided the 'digital intelligent tape drive' and circuit board
(which contained its own RAM, ROM, and CPU). The
intelligent tape drive had 1 MB of storage capacity and was
rated at a transfer rate of 8,000 baud. The
two knobs on the side controlled the Read and Record levels,
while the two switches allowed the user to turn the monitor and
tape drive on/off separately. It is unknown if MECA sold
this mod only as a kit or also sold completed units.
Special thanks to old-computers.com for pictures of this extremely rare unit.