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Tiny Basic Microcomputer / Calculator

Started by DarkestEx, June 23, 2015, 10:00:25 pm

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DarkestEx

Heya guys!

A few weeks ago I was working on another of my old projects, which actually got me into electronics. It was a build from the Ben Heck Show.
I started with electronics for building this project, but back then I wasn't able to make it, but now this is not a problem anymore.
The project is to build a small, BASIC computer with an ATMega328p or similar and a 4x20 LCD and a XBox 360 Chatpad.
The programming and the breadboard part is done. There's only one program bug to fix and still needs to be rewired onto a PCB and put into a nice case.
Because I don't have a PIC programmer, I had to write my own Chatpad driver based of the work from another person's reverse engineering.

Here is a picture for you:

Snektron

Whoa that looks cool! I should do more electronics too <_<
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alexgt

Looks awesome O.O, I used to watch the ben heck show...

I want to get into electronics and stuff put the reason I program is because I can do it on the go with my calc :) but you cant do electronics on the go :(

DJ Omnimaga

I like it, so far :D. Can you display animations or even do demos on the screen at a fast enough speed?

p4nix

I think he uses a text only screen, if I'm right.

DarkestEx

July 01, 2015, 01:30:37 pm #5 Last Edit: July 01, 2015, 01:37:53 pm by DarkestEx
Yes, I can only display text and possibly a 20x16px graphic on the screen.
In theory I could just connect one of my graphic LCD's for a 128x64px image.

Unicorn

Cool!

So you can have multiple screens?



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DarkestEx

Quote from: Unicorn on July 01, 2015, 01:58:59 pm
Cool!

So you can have multiple screens?

Yeah, that would certainly be possible :)

DJ Omnimaga

Quote from: DarkestEx on July 01, 2015, 01:30:37 pm
Yes, I can only display text and possibly a 20x16px graphic on the screen.
In theory I could just connect one of my graphic LCD's for a 128x64px image.


20x16 DOOM clone? :P

alexgt

I would be DOOMED trying to do that. Almost as bad as Nagoji 4x3 :P

Snektron

I wanna try building a smartwatch some time :P Maybe you can try that too
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alexgt


Unicorn




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p4nix

July 03, 2015, 06:50:10 pm #13 Last Edit: July 03, 2015, 06:52:00 pm by p4nix
Is it possible to build a reasonably flat wearable computer using those components? I mean forearm-mounted? Would be quite interesting. I don't know how big the keyboard and contoller are about, but I always hate those displays because they are way too big imo.

EDIT: schematics would be cool if they are not exactly Ben Heck's, otherwise I'll check them.

DarkestEx

Quote from: p4nix on July 03, 2015, 06:50:10 pm
Is it possible to build a reasonably flat wearable computer using those components? I mean forearm-mounted? Would be quite interesting. I don't know how big the keyboard and contoller are about, but I always hate those displays because they are way too big imo.

EDIT: schematics would be cool if they are not exactly Ben Heck's, otherwise I'll check them.

Well, if one would go all smd and use an OLED instead of a LCD it could absoltely work.

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