I need someone to explain this to me.

Altair 8800 pc case can emulate the original hardware

The Altair computer is commonly considered the genesis of personal computing and for that reason it has a special place in the hearts of many. [Bob Alexander] brings back the glory of the Altair 8800 plus a lot of added computing power. This PC case houses a Core i5 system but the front panel isn’t just for looks. He designed a PCB and resized an image of the original Altair front panel to end up with a fully functioning control interface. In the demo after the break you’ll see that the buttons can be used for power and reset and the LEDs can show random Altair-like patterns. But the interface can also works in conjunction with an Altair emulator to perfectly mimic the original Altair experience. This is a great way to sidestep the buyer’s remorse one might experience with a standalone kit.

Comments

  1. Paul Potter says:

    Pure awesome. Now to check out how he did it.

  2. BigBubbaX says:

    Cool, computers with random blinking lights always look more techy.

    “But the interface can also ___works___ in conjunction with an Altair emulator to perfectly mimic the original Altair experience”

  3. sarsface says:

    @BigBubbaX

    Proofreading is for suckers.

  4. nick says:

    gets a high grade on pure, fantastic novelty factor i suppose.

    I’d rather have a CM-5 case with . .i dunno. . .maybe a i7 gaming rig and a coffee maker in it, personally.

  5. davo1111@work says:

    Awesome!!!!!

  6. Jeff says:

    This is the coolest project I’ve seen in a long time. I’d love to have one of these!

  7. dcept905 says:

    OMG this is awesome :D I might have to build one.

  8. Ren says:

    Nice,
    It makes me want one.

  9. geremy says:

    i love it a lot!!

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