Reinvented Unfashionable Contest Winners Introduced

Just right information, everybody! The result of the Reinvented Unfashionable contest are in, and the creators of those three groovy tasks have each and every received a $200 on-line buying groceries spree to Digi-Key. We requested you to gaze deeply into your stuff piles and get a hold of a technique to modernize a groovy, previous piece of {hardware}, and we left it as much as you to make a decision how cool and the way previous.

Regardless of your own classic, you might have more than likely used and even constructed an academic pc like [Michael Wessel]’s next-generation Microtronic. This can be a new version of an early Nineteen Eighties West German 4-bit microprocessor instructor referred to as the Busch 2090 Microtronic Pc Machine. You will have by no means heard of it, however [Michael] swears it’s one of the most productive ever made. Years in the past, [Michael] made a speaking Arduino-based Microtronic emulator and has grown the idea that right into a prize-winning gadget that makes use of an ATMega2560 Professional Mini and a Nokia 5110 show. As an advantage, it doubles as a cassette interface emulator that plugs into the 2090’s growth port. Take a little time to dive into the YouTube movies or pass instantly for the gerbers and make your individual.


Retrocomputing lovers will love EBTKS, a venture that seeks to bypass the disintegrating tape drives in HP85A and different early Nineteen Eighties HP computer systems through emulating them and handing over 20,000 digital tapes by means of SD card. The venture started as a forged state alternative the use of a Teensy and an ESP32, however [Philip] and the staff discovered they may do an entire lot greater than that. The whole listing of options contains 70 new key phrases and each disk and tape force emulation. The entirety is defined intimately on (*17*)the venture’s primary documentation website, the place you’ll additionally discover a to hand consumer information.

If in case you have a comfortable spot for previous Soviet tools, take a look at [ptrav]’s MK-52 Resurrection. [ptrav] took an early 90s-vintage calculator with a busted vacuum fluorescent show and breathed new existence into it with an ESP32 and a 320×240 TFT display screen. The purpose isn’t to simply resurrect the MK-52, however somewhat to create a phoenix of programmable Soviet calculating energy that rises from the ashes and realizes its {hardware} unleashed attainable. As a part of the tool construction trail, [ptrav] additionally constructed a fully-functional simulator in C# which you’ll be able to take a look at on GitHub.

A Maximum Honorable Point out

It’s all the time so tricky to pick out winners from amongst all of the wonderful tasks we see. For this contest, we’ve selected [Michael Gardi]’s WDC-1 — aka the Paperclip Pc — for an honorable point out. And that implies greater than only a printed pat at the again — [Michael] has received a $25 reward card for Tindie. Technique to pass, [Michael]!

This WDC-1 is a little bit of an inverse take at the reinvented unfashionable idea. As an alternative of latest tech in an previous field, [Michael] hired fashionable PCB fabrication and 3-d printing to accommodate the upgraded homebrew guts of this 50+ year-old pc design.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and a large thanks to all 138 entrants on your fake nostalgia-inspiring builds. Take a little time this weekend to test them out, and get your trade fact on.