The original Altair
The original Altair
The original Altair

It’s been said that Arduino is the Altair of today; a game changing grassroots innovation that sparked a generation of hardware hacking. So it is kind of fitting that the Arduino booth at the Maker Faire is right around the corner from the vintage-computer.com booth that features a working Altair (among other nostalgic treasures). A little farther down the row, Vincent Briel is showing off his Altair 8800micro reproduction.

Briel Computers' Altair 8800micro
Briel Computers’ Altair 8800micro
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Shawn Wallace

Shawn Wallace is a MAKE contributor, artist, programmer, and editor living in Providence, R.I. He designs open hardware kits at Modern Device and organized the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. He makes iPhone synthesizers with the Fluxama collective and is a member of the SMT Computing Society.

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