The 4-Bit Microcomputer Kit from Gakken features a 20-key keypad, a 7-segment LED, and 7 individual LEDs. It comes pre-programmed with 7 different applications, and you can even program your own via the keypad. It’s a fun retro kit, just begging to be hacked! Don’t forget to check out Gakken magazine 4-bit computer rollout party in Tokyo.
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I can almost guarantee you that this is the very same platform that the Science Fair Microcomputer Trainer used, which was a special version of the TMS1100 by Texas Instruments. This chip was used in a huge variety of toys in the 70s and 80s, such as the Speak and Spell. A nice writeup on the Microcomputer Trainer is here:
I used to own the Microcomputer Trainer, and still have the chip and the manual from it. I immediately recognized the design pattern: 20-button keyboard (16 hex and 4 other), a 7-segment LED, a 7-led register display, and a speaker. I would be so happy to know if the manual from the microcomputer trainer is applicable to this new kit from Gakken.
Yes .. the Tandy / Radio Shack Microcomputer Trainer and the Gakken GMC-4 are electronically the same .. separated by 3 decades of time. (Your post here led me to the GMC-4!)
See this knol where you can find the Japanese manual:
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