Ever feel like you missed out on the magic era of the personal computer because you were born too late?
Ever want to re-create your own little Z80 or 6502 based microcomputer but had your eyes start to glaze over when you realized it was going to spending weeks of soldering together dozens of obsolete IC's no guarantee that it might work at all?
This Instructable will teach you how to build your own retro-style microcomputer to program, play games and music, and most importantly re-create some of the magic from the 1970's on your own table. You will be able to assemble this project in an afternoon, and enjoy it for months to come. We'll start with some a simple kit and build from there.
Edit: This is still an extremely popular project, but the parts used are no longer in production.
I've joined up with Gadget Gangster to create my own board as version 2 of this concept.
The Instructable can be found here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-your-own-pocket-mini-computer/
Step 1: Required: Parts & Tools
* Propeller Multicore Startup Special - This is the core of our retro-style microcomputer. Because it is a modern 32bit processor, we won't have to worry about frustration of working with dozens of obsolete (and very static sensitive!) microchips.
* RCA UltimateTV Keyoard : Part# WKB10WN1 - Other WebTV keyboards are likely as compatible, but this was the unit that was tested with this project and are commonly available on both Ebay and Amazon.
* A 38kHz Infrared (IR) Receiver Module - You can obtain this from either Radio Shack or Parallax . I'd recommend this kit , as it will provide you a snazzy remote we can use later for basic game control.
* 3.3k resistor - From Radio Shack (or your toolbox: ORANGE, ORANGE, RED)
* A 7.5v DC (center positive) wall adapter with 2.1mm barrel connector - In a pinch any adapter ranging from 6v-9v DC will work fine.
* A microSD card w/adapter - You'll want to be able to put files on this card using your PC.
* A soldering iron or soldering station
* A roll of solder
* A pair of wire cutters
* Safety glasses