This is an early, computerised typesetting machine. The operator selects a character on the keyboard, which triggers a stroboscopic flash to set the type.
Four type styles, each with 105 characters, were available to the operator through filmstrips held on a drum.
Linocomp 1 used hard-wired logic, but it was replaced in 1974 by Linocomp 2, which had a Intel microprocessor.
Linocomp retailed at £5,300, which was considered inexpensive.