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Easy Scan by Innovative Concepts (1989) infos?

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I found this ANTIC article about Atari 800 scaner made in 1989 by Innovative Concepts.

Any detail cartridge description or idea how such scanner can works???

 

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Innovative Concepts' Easy-Scan image scanner shared the Antic October 1988 Cover with ICD's 8-bit/ST FA-ST hard disk. Easy-Scan ($79.95) uses a pair of fiber-optic light pipes to copy images from paper into your Atari's memory with a surprisingly accurate 256-level gray scale.

 

and

 

Easy Scan - Take a cartridge, add a fibre-optic cable, and hook it onto a printer, and you've got Easy-Scan, an image scanner for the Atari 8-bit. Innovative Concepts produced this item. (ANT 7/6, 43)

 

http://www.atarimaga...nticawards.html

and

http://www.atarimuseum.com/faqs/HARD_FAQ.HTML#vides

 

:)

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The cheap scanners of the day were usually of 2 types:

 

1. Handheld, where you sweep it across the item.

 

2. Attach sensor to print head, feed the sheet to scan into your printer and the software just moves the head/platen and the scan is performed through the sensor.

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As the author of one of those quotes (years ago), I seem to recall that the Easy Scan was attached to the print head of an Epson compatible printer. I never owned one; just read the information from a review or ad in ANALOG or Antic.

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Hello guys

 

I still have one. It's basically a cart with two light conducting "pipes" connected to it. Both pipes are tied together (By Innovative Concepts). You have to connect the pipes to the head of the printer (after you remove the ink cartridge). One pipe puts the light on the paper, which is then reflected back into the second pipe (the light that is, not the paper :grin: ). White paper reflects more light then dark ink.

 

Problem was, as the head of the printer moved from side to side, the pipes started moving after a while (at least on my Star LC10). And you had to tell the computer when to start reading data from the cartridge. Which was a pain in the ...

 

Mathy

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Hi Mat!

Can you make PCB layout photos in HD???

 

Or scan PCB???

Or maybe borow it to Candle (VBXE) or Zaxon (SIDE) for reverse engineering documentation...

Is it simple cuircuit or there is MCU???

 

Maybe we can use LEGO technic as printer

or maybe mod old PC scaner from PC second hand for prototype...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3KykbnZ3tM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5BgxoUhgzY

http://www.adamish.c...ts/legoprinter/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT99exHrhlg

 

;o)

 

Optical light wires are cheap...

Maybe we will be able use QR codes (datamatrix code) as 4KB storage with this in future :D.

And have Atari Magazine new games with QR codes for example...

Or scan something and color paint it in paint...

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Helo tinctu

 

If you promise to never, ever, ever call me Mat again, I might be willing to have a look later this evening. :D

 

Mathy

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If I recall there was a DIY method for this in an issue of either Page 6 or Atari User in the uk... It was interesting as it used the cap of a pen that you connected to the printer head and a small piece of type in software.

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Hello guys

 

Here's a couple of photo's.

 

The wet finger test revealed that the chip has the following numbers on it 8608 and ADC0804 followed by something unreadable. The IC-PCB is single sided and stacked on top of the cartridge PCB. As far as I can see, two traces are cut on the original PCB.

 

Mathy

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I made one of these in the mid 80's after creating a schematic, but that paper is buried in a stack of drawings.

Seemed to work okay on the SG-10...

 

Jay

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You made my day Mathy!!! I promise you!!!

 

Looks like standard ROM cartridge with simple daughterboard!!!

Cool I will ask friend to do PCB scheme this friday...

Any PCB CAD volunteer (cartridge)???

 

And I will make plexi-glass / transparent acrylic glass (laser cutter) + common lego parts plotter kit after we will have cartridge...

I am product designer ;).

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This can be optical network card too... for 2 computers...

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