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What is this? Post Photos of Mystery Items Here (vintage computers only)

gsh158

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bolex

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Anyone know what this is? Its a floppy disk drive with a small E86 SC400 micro controller/cpu and a 1Megabit CMOS and a smart card port.

I bought it on eBay thinking it would make a great little greasweazle case. It came with a serial smart card programmer and a few smart card adapters.
The chips are all dated late 90's. It would be nice to know what it might be used for before I take it apart. :)

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Gary C

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Yes, it was definitely for a public kiosk of some type that would not require any actual touch typing but more of a
"press a key to select an item" with some minor typing. Looks like it might protect the keyboard against key cap theft/damage. You would only need a single hole for the space bar, if that was the purpose. This is also appears to be home-grown or low budget as there were dedicated keyboards for kiosks that could take any abuse/spill. A long time ago, I had built a kiosk but we went with a touch screen to eliminate the keyboard and mouse altogether and had the keyboard on screen, when needed.
Sure its not for someone with limited co-ordination to reduce the pressing of two keys at a time.
 

Bill-kun

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Two trackball controllers seen on shopgoodwill.com. What computer or system are they for?


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Timo W.

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Early Apple II's. They had this dip-type style of connector which went into an empty socket inside.
 

RussBlakeman

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Early Apple II's. They had this dip-type style of connector which went into an empty socket inside.
Sanyo MBC-55x PCs also used the header thing too. I had to make an adapter from the header and socket to a 15 pin mounted to the outside when I had a Sanyo MBC-555 back in the 80s
 

NeXT

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Anyone know what this is? Its a floppy disk drive with a small E86 SC400 micro controller/cpu and a 1Megabit CMOS and a smart card port.

I bought it on eBay thinking it would make a great little greasweazle case. It came with a serial smart card programmer and a few smart card adapters.
The chips are all dated late 90's. It would be nice to know what it might be used for before I take it apart. :)

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Oh that brings back memories.
That's a kit from back in the days when you could still crack access keys on DBS receivers or emulate some smart cards to work around rolling key changes. I've never seen a version though that had a floppy drive though. Most of the brands I see on them are fly by night and are about impossible to find now. I do have a few other boards I've found voer the eyars that were even mroe primitive and go back to the days of UV etch PCB's.
 
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