A collection of educational and computer related hardware items that do not fit elsewhere.

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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.

Control Box page
BBC cable connectionsComtrol User Guide
Archimedes User Port GuideHouse Model Guide
CoCo+ Getting StartedCoCo+ Software
CoCo Manual

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.

PC User Guide   Serial Command Protocols   Analogue Socket pin-outs
Update letter   Smart Move for DOS   Serial lead pin-outs
Archimedes, Apple, BBC, Nimbus and PC User Guide courtesy of the RM/Nimbus Educational Archive

The Smart Box SB-01 page

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.

The PIP instruction manual    The PIP song book
PIP customisation     Quick start guide

PIP software
PIP program editor software    Documentation   Key strip

Microvitec Touchtec 501
The control software for this touch screen add-on to the Microvitec Cub monitor

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Watford Pen Pal light pen
The control software for this light pen. The software needs a CRT monitor to work correctly. It will NOT work with a LCD monitor.

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Beasty Servo Control
The control software for the Beasty servo control system

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