I was split in terms of my commitments to a range of small business products from answerers to small-business systems, and was embroiled in a number of new consumer computer opportunities. I wanted to find new and simpler ways of reaching businesses and so published my own catalogue called Epsilon’s Electronic Emporium it listed all my agency products but it was augmented by a raft of other products on which I had looser supply arrangements, but overall it appeared that I was a broad turnkey provider.
I was by then very enthusiastically selling Tangerine’s Tandata viewdata adaptor, which was the vital link between the telephone and television for Prestel. Until this point much of the attention was on building the facility into large-screen televisions – they had Ceefax and Oracle and now they were going to add viewdata. Buy this meant the entry price was high. The Tandata plugged in to both TV and phone, accessed BT’s Prestel viewdata service by phone and displayed the material of on your home or business TV set.
Priced at under £200, the Tandata was of interest to those businesses wanting low-cost access to early applications on the new Prestel viewdata facility, particularly true for those in travel. The Ely-based team also had an early kit-computer the Tangerine and would later launch the 6502A Oric-1 computer.