[FoRK] Cheap Electronics Dissection Project
Dave Long <
dave.long at bluewin.ch
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Sun Sep 17 10:12:57 PDT 2006
This is an interesting approach for a dot clock: use the SPI interface
to serially push pixels out, yielding 8 pixels per load and allowing
one to "unroll" the display update.
Better yet, the following sites show that despite a small LCD display,
a machine resembling a glorified Speak'n'spell with a built-in BASIC
can be compelling for (at least the geekier elements of) the videogame
The company that made these is still around, and currently offers a
"vtech Genius Notebook"*, with a ~64x32 bitmap LCD, for $30. Looks
like they have devices with screens about half the resolution at $15.
BASIC no longer seems to be included, perhaps due to lack of demand (or
lack of desire to field the support calls?), but considering that they
also offer manufacturing services:
they might be perfectly happy to build cheap programmable boxes if
someone else were willing to shoulder the market risk.
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