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New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Posted by Joey on 29 May 2003, 00:13 GMT

The people over at FirstSECTOR have devised a method of converting an old computer into a keyboard, mouse, and floppy drive interface for the TI-92. Check out the French page or go see Google's translation.

 


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Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
KermMartian Account Info
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That's so cool! I love when people come up with new ideas like this. To the site! *click*

     29 May 2003, 00:34 GMT


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angelboy Account Info
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That box is neat.
BTW. nice link but mine is better.

     29 May 2003, 01:00 GMT

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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Hey, this looks pretty nifty! I'm surprised that it's for the TI-92 instead of the newer TI-92+. Most people don't have a regular TI-92. Wow! It even shows you how to make it! I don't have the materials needed, but hey, it looks neat all the same!

In other news, I may have just broken my toe. I was being and idiot and doing flips in my living room (I hit it on a chair... ouch). Yay... it's bleeding. :)

     29 May 2003, 01:16 GMT

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Xavier Xavier  Account Info
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I don't know if it work with other TI than the TI92, but i think that communication protocols aren't very differents.

So it would be easy to change my programs in order to they work on others models. And my code is quite clear, with comments, but in french.

For some programs like the one that enable to use an external keyboard on TI92, i think they must wodrk on others TI without modifications.

     30 May 2003, 14:29 GMT


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Joey Gannon  Account Info
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If you break a limb, and then come on our message board to brag about it, you might be a ticalc junkie.

     30 May 2003, 16:05 GMT


Re: TI-Box
mindstorm23 Account Info

The box looks great and all, but I'm also impressed with Google's accuracy in transating it!

Then again, I don't have a 92 (only an 83, not even a plus) so it doesn't really affact me.

     29 May 2003, 01:27 GMT

Re: Re: TI-Box
Merthsoft
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OOh, they need one for the TI-83+

     29 May 2003, 02:21 GMT


Re: Re: TI-Box
Seaborgium  Account Info

It could stand to be better translated, some of it is hard to make out.

     29 May 2003, 21:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI-Box
Xavier Xavier  Account Info
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Yes, but i have only one TI92.
Maybe it work on TI92+ and in V200, some programs must work on differents TI calculators, and the adaptation mustn't be difficult because the TI92 protocol of communication mustn't be very differents than ones of others TI.

     30 May 2003, 14:38 GMT

Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Joe B  Account Info

wow. this looks pretty cool. someone should make something like this for the 89. they should make it better looking too by painting it black and maybe putting some blue neons in it or something.

     29 May 2003, 00:35 GMT

Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
benryves  Account Info
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*Flashing* blue neons.

     29 May 2003, 09:24 GMT


Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Xavier Xavier  Account Info
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yes but it I put blue neons, I must add some battery if i don't want that autonomy get down.

And to paint it in black will be good, but in a school bag there are lots little shocks, and the painting risks to leave.

     30 May 2003, 14:35 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
benryves  Account Info
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I could use the CADCAM machine here at school to mill a 1337 box... shame I don't have a 92!

     30 May 2003, 18:04 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
KermMartian Account Info
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you need a better translator :)

     30 May 2003, 18:57 GMT


Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
chemoautotroph Account Info
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It wouldn't be that hard to make one, the whole idea is pretty simple, get an old computer that boots from a floppy, on that floppy have some instructions for serial input and output.

     30 May 2003, 14:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Skwirl  Account Info
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Hm. That's a a novel idea but not particularly interesting. The page I linked for [Web Page] above details how to connect a PS/2 mouse directly to the calculator's link port. So, we have a proof of concept that this is possible. I don't see any reason why you couldn't do the same thing with a PS/2 keyboard. Now that'd be really useful.

If you're going to bother carrying around a computer in a box to connect to your calc, you could throw an ethernet card in there and use it as an ethernet-to-serial converter. There's a proof of concept for running an IP stack on the TI89 that can be found in the archives (or just google for ti89 tcp/ip)

Considering the insane usefulness of being able to hook your calculator up to the Internet, I can't believe nobody's picked this idea up and ran with it yet. Considering the projects I'm working on now, though, it'll be a long while (if ever) before I could get started on such things and I'm not exactly an expert in TCP/IP to begin with.

     1 June 2003, 15:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Xavier Xavier  Account Info
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Maybe you can plug a keyboard or a mouse directly on your calculator.

But i think you must use software on your TI92. When you plug the keyboard to the TIBOX and the TIBOX to the TI, you can use the keyboard in all programs in TIBASIC without modifications and in the programs including in the ROM of the calculators (you can use keyboard and mouse wherever you want on your TI, execept in FARGO programs).

And TIBOX can do lots others things : you can save your programs on floppy disk, do screenshot of your TI, execute commands on your PC, have date and time,...

     2 June 2003, 09:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
benryves  Account Info
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What would be cool would be to make a custom thing, not built of an ex-PC. No doubt the motherboard has loads of extra stuff still on it that you don't need (HDD controllers &c)

     3 June 2003, 18:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Xavier Xavier  Account Info
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Yes, i have though to that, but you can't do this without a system with a microchip, so it would have a lot of connections, memory chip, ...
If you don't make this in CMS,it would be bigger than a motherboard of notebook PC. An it would be more expensive, very more difficult...
And in the end, the TIBOX customized would not very more little that my TIBOX, you must always put a floppy disk drive, battery, ...
And the program will be in C, in Pascal or in ASM.

It would be very more difficult for few things...

     4 June 2003, 10:28 GMT

Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Halfmoon Account Info
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Yes, this looks like quite an interesting piece of hardware. (for the 25,678th time...) Too bad I don't have a TI-92. I suppose that the TI-83 Plus might not be powerful enough for something like this. There isn't in fact a whole lot of 3rd-party hardware for the TI-83+...

     29 May 2003, 00:50 GMT

Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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That would be funny if TI came out with something like this. :-) For all models of course.

     29 May 2003, 00:54 GMT


Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yeah, and then they take all the credit for it... lol, I wouldn't be surprised. :)

     29 May 2003, 01:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
343GuiltySpark  Account Info
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Nah, knowing TI, they'll leave out all the non-Flash calculators (i.e., the TI-86) and then they'll require an OS upgrade so that it'll work and then they'll charge a bundle for it. :)

     30 May 2003, 02:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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And then the new OS will crash :)

     30 May 2003, 21:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Geek_Productions Account Info

But only after 1/2 of the users complain, will they change the os and make it more "stable" by ratcheting down the speed.

     2 June 2003, 21:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Hardware: The TI-BOX
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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I wish that they could make it more stable but speed it up. OS 1.00 was the fastest one, I was supprised when things slowed down so much.

     2 June 2003, 22:11 GMT

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