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@Arenafoot:Huge thanks for putting up that piccy, i'd heard said keyboard was released, but until now, never seen one myself, very much appreciated.

looks like alot of them have sold on eBay recently: 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=atari%20compumate&LH_Complete=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

 

they sold from $26.59 to $79.99

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Fixed link.  There's a link to an excerpt from Brian Bagnall's excellent book "On The Edge: The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of Commodore":

 

http://www.ataricompendium.com/faq/bagnall_vcs_keyboard.pdf

 

Soon after PVI was formed, Jack Tramiel heard PVI approached Atari and filed a ("exploratory") lawsuit against them, claiming they stole trade secrets.  PVI were forced to disclose details of their VCS project.  Tramiel insisted that was his product, and pursued the case.  The Graduate was ultimately cancelled by James Morgan when he took over as the new Atari CEO in 1983.  An ongoing lawsuit against PVI by Commodore was likely the main motivating reason for its cancellation.  PVI eventually won, but it cost them several years and approximately $300,000.

 

There were 3 other companies that worked on VCS keyboard peripherals, only one of which was released:

 

Entex:  http://www.ataricompendium.com/game_library/unreleased/unreleased.html#piggyback

Unitronics: http://www.ataricompendium.com/game_library/unreleased/unreleased.html#expander

Spectravideo: http://www.ataricompendium.com/game_library/unreleased/unreleased.html#compumate

Edited by Scott Stilphen

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