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The Parallax forum has an interesting supercomputer project based on 11 Parallax Basic Stamp micro-controllers. This might not be a supercomputer based on Wikipedia’s definition, but it’s still an amazing accomplishment.

This is the World’s First talking Basic Stamp Hobby Supercomputer!!! (and the World’s 1st Supercomputer built from hobby microcontrollers) It communicates by English and Chinese voice (EMIC TTS board), lights (21 LEDs), vision, sound (12 speakers), motion (PIR), ports (176), infrared, Vibra Tab Mass detector, accelerometer, temperature chip, ultrasonics [PING)))], LCD Liquid Crystal Display, and a tiny uOLED color monitor. Attachments include a keyboard, 3D space mouse, and other goodies under development.

More about the Basic Stamp supercomputer

10 thoughts on “Basic Stamp supercomputer

  1. Wow, that was very annoying. So how about any information on this, any at all? Based on the description I’d say that an ordinary PIC16F873 could do all of this, why do you need such a mess of stuff to handle a few switches and sensors? Maybe if you got 8 propeller chips for a total of 64 cores it might be interesting, especially if it did something useful.

    1. @Bob D

      What was very annoying? Lack of information?

      Click on “More about the Basic Stamp supercomputer” for TONS of information. Enjoy!

  2. The lack of anything but random music and motion sickness inducing camera work. What’s the point of the video? I don’t believe there was any thought given to what was trying to be conveyed here.

    1. @Bob D

      Point taken. They really should have shown the computer go through it’s paces a bit. Luckily there is a lot of good information on the forum link.

  3. i think that the super computer is freakin awsome
    you only think it is annoying because you cant do or dont have the spare time or money or maybe not enough brain power. give the man a break he spent over a thousand dollars on building it and it is coool
    you have my compliments
    Lab Rat

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