Tiny Commodore PET replica with working LED screen

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The Adafruit store – one of the best places to bu your maker supplies – has created another interesting little project in the form of a miniscule Commodore PET.

If you don’t remember this particular vintage PC, no worries. This little creation is not a working model, but a static 3D print with an LED screen which can be programmed.

It simply consists of a 3D printed shell, a Feather M0 microcontroller, an LED matrix and a battery to power everything. Oh, and an optional sticker for an extra bit of authenticity.

As you can see in that video (and you may have guessed) it’s a touch more complex than that. Luckily, Adafruit has created a full tutorial complete with all the files to 3D print the case as well as the code to get the display to pull of these animations.

if you’re in the market for miniaturised electronics which can operate the same way their bigger versions can, check out this NES which uses NFC tags in place of catridges, which we liked a hell of a lot more than the official Nintendo Classic Mini NES.

Finally, if you’re hoping to buy the supplies to make your own Commodore PET, but you’re in the US, fear not. Adafruit recently made its products available in South Africa.

[Source – Adafruit Blog]


Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.