on display will be augmented by many original peripherals, including
the Hybrid 5000 music development system, as well
as several rare/prototype systems such as the ARM Evaluation System and the R260 in addition to [the casing for] the Phoebe 2100: the proposed successor to the RISC
PC which never saw a general release.
One such fully-working
piece that will be on display and deserves a special mention
is the BBC Domesday System. This visionary project inspired by
William the Conqueror's historic 1086 Domesday survey
and devised by the BBC, was the culmination of several years'
data collection from UK school and charity groups, and comprises
of - what was then - cutting edge laserdisc technology accessed
through an upgraded BBC Micro Master Series computer.
The final result was a system that could search a wealth of UK
data which foreshadows many similar web applications popular
today, such as Google Maps.
many features now available as standard in modern computers that
Acorn were amongst the first to pioneer, were Local Area Networks.
Acorn's first home microcomputer, the Atom, was launched with
a demonstration of Acorn's Econet networking technology.
Acorn World will see the implementation of one of the
most remarkable Econet networks ever built. As well as networking
the standard Acorn machines, recent custom work by hobbyists
should allow the Econet network to link up modern computers,
even ones running BBC Micro emulators! If that wasn't ambitious
enough, a Viewdata-based
Bulletin Board System will be run from the event, with the
intention that anyone with a Windows or Linux PC and internet
connection can download free emulator software that will enable
them to dial-in to the BBS and interact with visitors.
Micro Model B was fitted with a number of expansion sockets
as standard, and this gained the BBC B the reputation
of being the most versatile home micro available at the time.
The User Port was one such expansion socket and this instantly
opened up the world of Robotics to home users, schools
and industry. The most
visually spectacular attraction at Acorn World 2009 promises
to be the BeebControl exhibit, where Neil Fazakerley
will demonstrate a number of Robotic Arms (including the
Cyber 310, the Atlas and the gargantuan, hydraulically-driven
Feedback HRA933) which are controlled by both BBC Micro
and RISC OS Iyonix machines. The infamous BBC Buggy
will also be given a runout at some point during the weekend.
As well as
examples of original Acorn hardware, there will be several designers
on-hand who have continued to create modern hardware upgrades
for the machines, including larger capacity, physically smaller
and faster storage devices, new second processor upgrades and
many others, such as the USB interface for 8-bit machines
provided by DataCentre
SID Audio add-on. Several computers
with fitted upgrades will be on display and, in many cases, available
for purchase at discounted prices.
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