[vcf-midatlantic] June 11/12 Workshop - Who's Going? Whatcha working on?

Jeffrey Brace ark72axow at gmail.com
Wed May 25 01:19:39 EDT 2016


Dan If you think we can get it to work without the cartridge then ship it.
Or if you find the cartridge then ship it. That would be a nice robot arm
to exhibit! :)

On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 10:57 AM, Dan Roganti via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 9:06 AM, Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
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> > ​01-Jeff Brace-Commodore 64 Robotics Kit for HOPE Exhibit
> > 02-Evan Koblentz-Lego LOGO robotics kit for HOPE exhibit (Apple II, IBM
> PC)
> > 03-Alex Jacocks-PS/2 model 70 and AT&T 6300 testing/repairs (Sunday)
> > 04-Dean Notarnicola - TRS-80 Model 4, Model 4D, Model I
> >
> >
> > On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> >
> > > 01-Jeff Brace-Commodore 64 Robotics Kit for HOPE Exhibit
> > > 02-Evan Koblentz- Lego LOGO robotics kit for HOPE exhibit (Apple II,
> IBM
> > > PC)
> > > 03-Alex Jacocks-PS/2 model 70 and AT&T 6300 testing/repairs (Sunday)
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> ​oh hey, I almost forgot, I still have the ​SVI-2000 robot arm if you want
> something else for the HOPE exhibit or the NYC MakerFaire.
> http://www.theoldrobots.com/images58/Robotarm-w1.JPG
> But I'm not sure if I can find the cartridge, it plugs into the C64 User
> Port. But it's very easy to make, all it was is a 4028 decoder with a row
> of output transistors. They get switched on/off by the software
> ​ and it connects to both joystick ports on the robot arm​
> . Personally, on something this slow I would use relays to keep it Retro.
> Nothing like hearing the clickity-clack on vintage hardware :)
> Because the bipolar transistors just suck up power away from the robot
> motors. So it runs slower than normal. This was originally made to use a
> pair of the popular joysticks, such as the Atari or C64, so it had direct
> power to the motors. If you want to masticate on it further, then Mosfets
> are the best. I could whip up this cartridge on wknd. Just have to find a
> case later. Oh and bring extra batteries, they go fast on a busy day.
> I don't know if you can find the original software, but they have one here
> http://csdb.dk/release/?id=122345&show=summary
> and here [german]
> http://retroport.de/Hardware_P-Q.html
> If you like, I can ship it, just have to find a big box at work, we have
> plenty of foam too - I'll just pick it up the next time I visit.
> I used it once at the Science center many years ago as a robot excavator
> inside a Martian landscape diorama. The martian rocks were painted chunks
> of styrofoam, and the dumpster rover was painted white with Nasa insignia
> decals. The kids had a ball.
> Dan
>



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