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Brian writes -

“I saw Phil’s post about the $5 light probe, and it triggered a memory of something that’s pretty cool; the Atari Sensor Lab. Maybe I should pick one up on eBay I don’t know if it will work with my 130xe, but I need an excuse to buy an Atari 400 or 800 anyhow :-)” Link & Google images.

Pictured here, Lab Light Module W/Cartridge New Atari NIB 800/XK/XE from – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. weisen says:

    Heh, that made me laugh as I almost commented on the original post about how easy it was to do this stuff on old Atari computers. If memory serves me correctly, it was because they had a few A/D converters built into the units for the analog game controllers (the paddles maybe?)

    It would be nice to hear from some science teachers about what kinds of probeware experiments they do as maybe a cheap interface to an A/D converter would be a feasible open-source hardware project?

  2. says:

    If Brian is reading this, get in touch. My sister has an Atari 400 set I bet she’d love to sell.

    Stefan (