History Zone

PC Software Vending Machine
TAKERU (1986)

“TAKERU”, a PC software vending machine developed mainly by young engineers, was the beginning of Brother’s communication network business. Employing the cutting-edge technology at that time, it enabled customers to download PC software via ISDN to a floppy disk. However, only about 300 machines were installed throughout Japan and the business ended in failure. It was too early to release this machine because the demands for PC software didn’t increase. However, this product was strongly supported by some fans.