The Altair 8800 was one of the first home computers to gain a mass audience and, although it looks like something out of 1950s sci-fi flick, it’s surprisingly cool.

The Altair’s UI is a little complex and it might be a little esoteric for the average user but this kit puts an Arduino device inside of an Altair-style case and can be programmed a keyboard or disk images. The kit includes “micro SD card pre-loaded with disk images including Altair DOS, Altair BASIC, and CP/M with plenty of useful and entertaining programs (at least for the late 70s).”

The low-profile, display shelf friendly ?Altair-Duino Standard? with a clear rear panel and wrap-around acrylic frame. The standard version has a Bluetooth serial port and a RS232 DB9 serial port. Also available, the upgraded ?Altair-Duino Pro? with a large bolt-together acrylic case and an newly designed I/O expansion that includes Geoff Graham?s VT100 emulator (can also be programmed with David Hansel?s VDM-1 emulator), RS232 DB9 serial port, audio jack, SD card slot, and power jack.

The kit costs $187 for the small model and the Pro costs $249. You can save $20 with the coupon code SECRET.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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