The 21st century realization of the C65 heritage: A complete 8-bit computer running around 40x faster than a C64 while being highly compatible. C65 design, mechanical keyboard, HD output, SD card support, Ethernet, extended memory and other features increase the fun without spoiling the 8-bit feel. Hardware designs and software are open-source (LGPL).
Dr. Conrad Barski wanted a small, portable device for coding Lisp on the go and built the Lisperati1000 cyberdeck terminal for the job.
Cyberdecks were once a science fiction approximation of what computing might look like in the future. In the end, consumer devices took a very different path. No matter, though, because the maker community decided cyberdecks were too awesome to ignore and started making their own. After lusting after some of the amazing builds already out there, [Zach Freedman] decided it was time to start his own build, resulting in the Data Blaster.
This is the VT-69 portable data terminal. It does everything, like zombo dot com.
The VT-69 portable data terminal fits in your pocket, serves as an interface
for an off-the-shelf $5 single board computer, and costs less than $100.
Probably much less than $100
If you’re old school, you can think of it as a portable VT-180, but instead of CP/M, it runs
a full Linux system with an ARM SOC. If you’re a tech journalist, think of it as tastier
than paste and the cheapest Cyberdeck ever created.
Back in April of 2019, inspired by iconic films such as Blade Runner and Akira, [Chris Watson] embarked on a journey to create his very own cyberpunk roadster from a 1991 Mazda MX-5. After pouring an incredible amount of blood, sweat, and fiberglass into the project, he now has a vehicle that wouldn’t look out of place cruising the streets of Neo Tokyo. Even if you’re not usually into car mods, his impeccably photographed build log is an absolutely fascinating journey.
But as impressive as the car itself might be, what really caught our attention was the computer sitting on the dash. From early on, [Chris] wanted the vehicle to have a companion cyberdeck that would be used to control various onboard systems. At this point it’s just for show, but he says ultimately it will be integrated with the electric motor he plans to install in place of the MX-5’s original power plant. We can’t wait to see it.
Great upcycling of an old eMate 300!