Hackaday Links: April 29, 2012

More old computers on FPGAs!

[Andy] loves his Memotech MTX computer. It’s an oldie with a Z80 running at 4MHz; the perfect target for an FPGA port. The ReMemotech has everything the old one has – cassette interface and all – and can run up to six times faster than the original.

Also found in 10-forward

If you’re going to build a jukebox, why not go all out? Here’s a touch screen jukeboxwith an LCARS skin. Yep, the same interface found on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

New desktop wallpaper for you

[McMonster] found a great pair of blog posts (1, 2) showing what ancient ICs look like without their casing. Since these were CERDIP packages (two ceramic plates glued together) they were exceptionally easy to take apart leaving the entire chip intact. Pages are in Polish, but there’s a Google Translate button on the sidebar

Cheap and easy Arduino wi-fi

Quick quiz: what’s the easiest way to get data onto an Arduino wirelessly? XBees? GSM modules? Nope, just get a wireless router and an Ethernet shield. The Ethernet module only cost [Doss] $20, and we’re sure Hackaday readers have a spare wireless router around somewhere.

Chiptunes! Chiptunes I say!

[mdmoose29] has been working on making a custom SNES cartridge for a dubstep artist (tell us more, [moose]…). In his search for programming tools, he found theSNES Game Maker. We tried it out for a bit and it’s still a very unrefined beta. Still, making SNES programming easier is awesome.

You people are awesome. Here’s six things for a links post.

[Valentin] made a night vision monocular from an old VHS camcorder, a small spy camera, and a handful of infrared LEDs. Here’s a video of [Valentin]‘s build in action.

Comments

  1. McMonster says:

    In the part with decapped ICs I submitted you’ve put the same link twice instead of the two different I sent you. ;)

  2. Suki says:

    Most routers also have a serial port on the pcb so with little bit of soldering you can skip the ethernet shield.

  3. [Doss] says:

    Thanks for the plug HAD.
    @suki,it is a MacGyver.

  4. macona says:

    Dubstep artist?

    Isn’t that an oxymoron?

  5. Harry says:

    wireless aurduino yes, compact no. if you are worth your chips you have the capability to fork out the extra few bucks for a wireless shield. But still a cool concept anyways

  6. Le Samourai says:

    I’ll just leave this here.

  7. mdmoose29 says:

    The dubstep artist that I’m talking about is more well versed in actual music than just wobble bass synths and other such bs. Goes by the name of ZMiX and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/sparda716
    He does a variety of orignal content and video game remixes.

    • mdmoose29 says:

      That link almost worked….. I would try to post it again but I’m sure it will probably turn out the same way. Been lurking here a while but never posted that I can remember. Anyone want to throw up a legitimate link?

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