We just spent a delightful afternoon at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. My husband drooled over the Babbage Difference Engine, ancient mainframes, and video game consoles from his childhood. I was wowed by this totally awesome and completely impractical piece of engineering from 1969: the Honeywell recipe computer.
The Honeywell 316 was designed to store a cook's favorite recipes, and even had a cutting board on top! Not one was ever sold, but I like to think it's a spiritual predecessor to my beloved Paprika App on the iPad.