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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
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.
PIP instruction manual
The PIP song book
Microvitec Touchtec 501
||The control software for this touch screen add-on to the Microvitec Cub monitor|
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.|
Beasty Servo Control
||The control software for the Beasty servo control system|
||The control software for the WS2000 MODEM|
Valiant Turtle Control
||The control software for the Valiant floor turtle|
Morley EPROM Blower
||Software to control the Morley EPROM blower. Version 2.02.|
||The startup disc for Soundspace for the Hybrid music systems. The Ample ROM is required for use as is suitable hardware.|
MCP-40 Demo Disc
Two demonstration programs for the Oric MCP-40
Cumana Touch Pad
||Software supplied with the Cumana Touch Pad, drawing, character design, etc.|
PLS Plotter Drivers
||Driver software for the Tandy CGP115, the Multipen DigiPlot, the Penman GR1500 and the Parfitt DP025 and DP100 plotters. Will plot PL Graphics picture files loaded from disc.|
Grafpad Demo Disc
||Demonstration examples for the Grafpad graphics tablet.|
Micro Mike Info
||An Interword document giving some information about Micro Mike and software packages that use it.|
Voltmace Delta 14 Drivers
||Driver and support software to get the best from a Voltmace 14 joystick.|
Data Harvest Digital Camera
||Driver and support software to use the Data Harvest digital camera for the BBC micro.|
Integrex Colour Jet
||Various programs that use a machine code colour dump routine for the Integrex Colour Jet printer|
||Documentation to assist with using the Z80 Co-processor. Available on-screen or via printer. Produced by Essential Software in 1991.|
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