Cellular automata video synthesizer kit

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We have a new kit for sale in the Maker store, the Cellular automata video synthesizer kit. This easy to contstruct kit is a fun way to play with cellular automata and video synthesis. When complete you will be able to uncover endless visual and sound patterns on any TV with a composite NTSC video input. The kit provides a pre-assembled, pre-programmed Video Critter Mini board, three potentiometers, and a push button. Just solder up the potentiometers and button to the circuit board, add an enclosure, and you’re done!

Note: You will need to power the kit with a 6 – 9 VDC power supply. A standard 9VDC wall-wart works well.

Get it here @ the Maker store – Link.

Related:
Cellular Automata video synthesizer (tutorial, source code available too) – Link.

18 thoughts on “Cellular automata video synthesizer kit

  1. It would be a project you could let a kid build, to see if they have an interest in electronics as a hobby. You don’t want to tell an 8 year old to solder a QFP.

  2. This is great … but, NTSC (Newer Twice Same Color) does not serve us European makers. PAL signal shouldn’t be so hard? it’s all about the programming?… please make also PAL version of this.

    Daniel
    From Finland

  3. @TheThompsonFive – if this kit takes off we might work with the kit maker to do a through-hole.

    @dnny – if this kit does well, we’ll see what we can do and work with the kit developer.

  4. Garrett, I get your point about the QFP, I hadn’t looked at the board that closely.

    PT, I dig it enough already, reminds me of a delightful afternoon spent monkeying around with a broken Atari console many years ago. I’m checking Craigs List for free T.V.’s now. I think this would make a killer art installation. I want to replace the potentiometers with meat or something.

  5. @TheThompsonFive – exactly, i thought this would be rad for artists to do a lot with – some might not care about the parts that make the signals, only the sensors etc (like you were saying).

  6. what a great toy ! I wish I could use it on stage with my electronic improvisation band (www.ana-r.org), but here in France we are also on PAL standard (actually we are -alone in the world- in SECAM format, but all TV / video stuffs have both secam and pal aboard).

    Who can answer to this question at MAKE : will you sell it at PAL standard for Europe ?

  7. what a great toy ! I wish I could use it on stage with my electronic improvisation band, but here in France we are also on PAL standard (actually we are -alone in the world- in SECAM format, but all TV / video stuffs have both secam and pal aboard).

    Who can answer to this question at MAKE : will you sell it at PAL standard for Europe ?

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