MattPilz Posted February 14 Share Posted February 14 The Cybervision 2001 was an extremely limited catalog-only release through Montgomery Ward from 1978. It was powered by an 1802 CPU and featured 4K RAM (2K video, 2K data), 1K ROM, four color display and a 2000-baud cassette interface. Most impressive were the cassette data types ("Cybersettes" as they called them). They were recorded and read in stereo, where the left channel houses studio audio recordings and sound effects to complement the application, and the right channel would silently load to the system. This enabled them to present what appeared to be much more than 2K of data to the user by continuously loading more data in the background as the voice narration continued. It also had the capability of powering on and off the tape motor to handle user interactivity and program cycles. There were an estimated 40+ applications released for it through the catalog mailing list including games, educational applications, home utilities and visual storybooks. I have been repairing this set for a number of weeks and will eventually make a video to showcase it once done. It has been an interesting repair effort given the complete lack of reference material so is largely reverse engineering and tracing paths to understand how things operate. The son of one of the co-founders wrote two stories back in 2014 that details the history of this system more extensively (Part 1 - Part 2). The core team of five wound up in bigger companies after the demise of Cybervision including for Atari and Sega. This system is notable for a few reasons. It was one of the few 1802 home computer systems, had full 40-button alphanumeric keypads, and 2000-baud transfer rates were relatively unheard of at the time. It was one of the earliest examples of interactive children storybook telling, where as the stories are read the screen updates dynamically. The following year they put out a remodeled variant of it known as the Cybervision 3001 but few if any were sold. At the following Consumer Electronics Show they demonstrated a working Cybervision 4001 that sported a full mechanical keyboard, integrated BASIC and dual 1802 CPUs...but that model was never released publicly. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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