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!