The first micro-computer designed for children
conceived to be manipulated by children from 5 years.
"Charlemagne" is not a toy, but a real computer for the whole family.
is small size, its possibilities are fabulous and extensible:
rom 8k, ram 16k extensible 64k
- colours and sound
- graphic definition 256 x 192
- basic, french language
- joysticks for video-games
- connection = printer - floppy disks possible
What more to say ? When
comparing the different pictures we have, the case seems slightly different,
The keyboard is QWERTY,
which seems weird for a francophone system... This could indicate that the
GEM-1000 was rather conceived by the Taïwanese company and that VDI/GEM
was only a company who sold the products in Europe. Anyway, this seems very
What is sure, is that
it didn't make any noise and must have disappeared very quickly. It's a
pity, because looking at its capacities back in 83, it could have done well
The GEM-1000 was in
fact the first model of a complete range of machines built by GEM/Home-Vision,
which included the GEM-1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000, and even the Home-Vision
console and its computer addon.
A Colecovision / Atari VCS 2600 carts adapatator was planned for all these