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The Amiga Walker, sometimes incorrectly known as the Mind Walker, is a prototype of an Amiga computer developed and shown by Amiga Technologies in late 1995/early 1996. Walker was planned as a replacement for the A1200 with a faster CPU, better expansion capabilities and a built-in CD-ROM. The Walker was never released; Escom and Amiga Technologies went bankrupt, and only two prototypes were made. The case is unique and radically different from computers before it. The intention was also to make the motherboard available without the case so users could put it into a standard PC case. There were a number of other potential case designs of different sizes, the Walker motherboard could fit all of them; this allowed for expandability tailored to the user’s requirements. The Walker was planned to go on sale in September 1996, though it would have been fairly short lived as the following year a new PowerPC based Amiga would appear using standard PC parts. Unfortunately these plans went west pretty quickly. Amiga Technologies’ parent company Escom ran into trouble and Amiga Technologies was put up for sale. A buyer was found but while the plans for the Walker were still intact the new case and name were dropped, the plan was to put the board in a standard Amiga style desktop case and give the Walker a more traditional “A1500” type name. A German magazine even ran a competition to find a new name. Later Escom went bankrupt and Amiga Technologies followed it when the sale fell through. That was the end of the Walker and with it the end of the original Amiga line. Subsequent Amiga and Amiga-like systems would use the PowerPC series CPUs and off-the-shelf chips or emulation.There were only two prototypes made and these were sold to Petro Tyschtschenko, who had been Amiga Technologies’ CEO. One of these later passed to Thendic-France and then to me at an auction along with the drawings of other versions. The Walker case design was later said to have been sold to US firm Merlancia in 2001.

 

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