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Monotype Composition Caster Interface.

Started by Mechanic, October 31, 2014, 10:50:00 PM

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Keri Szafir

Hey, I could help you with the USB interface; the problem is the apocalypse i.e. chip shortages. Even the MCP23017 port expanders are just not there yet. I've got a few of them rpi2caster boards that I designed to work with Raspberry Pi, but I could as well hack them to work with an Arduino instead, if you need an USB interface, but let's postpone any actual production until next year.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." --Arthur C. Clarke
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever." --John Keats

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mmckenzie

Thanks for the thought.

The problem in this case is zero future supply due to the interface IC being discontinued by the manufacturers! There are no spare boards in any case, or drawings available to make new ones due to the wholesale destruction of Harry's office.

However, the electronics side of an interface is not really an insurmountable problem given that the only requirement is to turn the odd pneumatic valve on and off at will.
Matt

Keri Szafir

Obsolete ICs can be worked around if you know the communication protocol between the interface and control computer. If the mac2cast software is open source, it's possible to develop an alternative interface working with Harry's software, or the opposite: new software working with Mactronic interfaces.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." --Arthur C. Clarke
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever." --John Keats

https://youtube.com/KeriSzafir
Founder and owner of Keritech Electronics


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