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.

9 thoughts on “Altair 8800 pc case can emulate the original hardware

  1. 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”

  2. 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.

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