|A collection of educational and computer related items that do not fit elsewhere.|
Commotion Control Box
The Commotion Control Box was produced by Deltronics, a company producing a range of control boxes for a variety of computers.
This box provides 8 digital outputs and 8 digital inputs. Inputs accept TTL level inputs. The outputs are at either 6v or 9v, switchable, at up to 500mA each.
This box was produced for use with BBC micros and Archimedes computers fitted with a user port interface.
Economatics Smart Box
Economatics produced many interface devices for the BBC micro and other computers during the 1980s and 1990s. The Smart Box was a general purpose analogue and digital interface box to which could be attached a range of sensors.
Custom software (Smart Move) was uploaded to the Smart Box and then programmed to control the inputs and outputs. In this way data loggers could be built for a range of applications.
Serial Command Protocols
Linear Graphics Plotmate A4
This is an A4 plotter produced for the BBC micro and driven via the User Port. The device responds to the normal graphics commands of the computer, eg. MOVE and DRAW.
The plotter drivers are either ROM-based or can be loaded from disk.
It uses standard felt-tipped plotter pens.
The paper is held down on the plotter by strips of magnetic rubber.
PIP Programmable Floor Robot
PIP is a standalone, programmable floor robot. Programming is done through the lower keypad and programs comprise a simple LOGO-like set of instructions to move the robot. PIP can also play simple monotonic tunes.
Programs may be uploaded to or downloaded from a BBC micro through the User Port.
The PIP page is here.
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