We have a chatroom. It's currently called "Hardware Recommendations", which is the default name for a new site's chatroom.
What better names are there? As one of the Real Essential Meta Questions, this is something we can tackle now.
status-completed: this suggestion, having won out in the voting after a fortnight, has been used as the name.
A play on "Recreation Center" that describes what happens there while still giving a nod to the site's name.
Since ancient times, the abacus was early used for arithmetic/computation tasks. Roman abacus was used in Babylonia as early as 2400 BC and this was early device of computing hardware based on wiki.
An 18th century manually-operated calculating device (Renaissance hardware).
The first electronic general-purpose computer hardware (Turing-complete device).
Short for vacuum tube computers. These are early programmable digital computers by using electromechanical relays and followed by systems built from discrete transistors.
If the Software Recoommendations chat is the Rec Center (which it isn't, and that proposal currently sits at #2), then the Hardware Recommendations chat should be the Rec Peripheral.