BBC Buggy

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The BBC Buggy was a computer controlled vehicle released by Economatics in 1983. Primarily designed as an educational tool, the two wheeled buggy came as a kit with its main body constructed from Fishertechnik parts. The kit also included two stepper motors to control movement, an interface to connect it to a BBC Micro and a cassette with 13 programs (listed below).

  1. Test and familiarisation
  2. Switch - direct computer control
  3. Memory switch - demonstrating computer memory
  4. Snail - screen route planning
  5. Routeplanner - advanced version of snail
  6. Recorder - route display
  7. Explore for wall - mapping of boundaries
  8. Explore for object - seeks out objects, defines shapes and returns home
  9. Barcode routeplanner - non-keyboard information input
  10. Tin Pan Alley - composing music by barcodes
  11. Man vs Buggy - 'Flying blind'
  12. Sunseeker - seeking a light and negotiating obstructions
  13. Line follower - black or white line following

Date : 1983

Manufacturer : Acorn

Physical Description : BBC Buggy, Interface board

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH53106. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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