Homelab változatok

József Lukács and his younger brother Endre decided to create a computer which was accessible to the average user. Thus, in the spring of 1982 the HOMELAB II was born. The Homelab 2 type machine was manufactured under the name of Aircomp 16 by a small enterprise called Personal GT, the later Homelab versions were put into commercial circulation by the Color Industrial Co-operative in Dombóvár.

However, as this model proved to be too expensive, HOMELAB III was released in the summer of 1983. They didn't have the funds for mass production, so they released documents and basic units to enable users to assemble their own computers at home.

The Homelab computers were built in large numbers by amateurs at home, based on the circuit diagrams published in the Mikroszámítógép Magazin.

The image consists of 32 rows with 32 or 64 characters per row. Unfortunately, no integrated graphics was available. The hardware of the keyboard could handle an 8*10 matrix. They only used 60 of key. This included letters of the Hungarian alphabet and two function keys.

A cassette player can be connected to the machine, equipped with electronics for reading both weak- and strong-signal players. A text-to-speech extension was also made for the HOMELAB III.

With this extension connected, the machine can turn into speech any BASIC program text or Hungarian text, and even the stressing of sentences is implemented. The software of the machine is virtually the same as the BASIC of the previous model. However, there are some differences due to different capabilities, but compatibility is provided.

At the same place a talking computer was developed from the Homelab for the blind (Brailab), whose voice synthesizer was developed by a married couple working at KFKI, András Arató and Teréz Vaspöri.

Lukács József előadása a Homelab hardverekről