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Steve Roberts, the “high-tech nomad,” posted this awesome image to his Facebook page. He writes:

Thanks to Dan Burden for this image from the Deep Archives, taken during a 1988 photo session with him in Florida. I’m aboard the Winnebiko II, which used a hacked Radio Shack Model 100 in the console, along with a binary handlebar keyboard processed by a 68HC11. It also carried packet radio, operable while riding, a speech synthesizer, 20 watts of solar panels, 2-meter ham radio, and full touring gear. This was my favorite of the three bike versions.

I vividly remember the images of the Winnebikos and the BEHEMOTH, subscribing to Steve’s email newsletters, and learning A LOT about “gonzo engineering” from him.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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