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P > PIZON BROS > Visiomatic 101   


Pizon Bros
Visiomatic 101

One really nice and odd pong system. It also was sometimes distributed under the Alcatel label. It was sold in a brown suitcase so you could carry it easily and anywhere. In the upper part of the suitcase is stored the lightgun.

The buttons are very original and very cool to press (hehe, you can't imagine the feeling...). You can use the magnets sold with the system to keep the score by placing them on the sides of the metallic panel where numbered squares are drawned.

It is quite difficult to know which chip this system uses because it is very hard to open ! But there are two special options built-in the system which are quite uncommon :

- A new game called Hockey Handicap. It's a classic hockey game where there's a third bat for one of the players.

- Is also included in the system a robot option that allows a single player to play vs the system in 4 games (Tennis, Hockey, Handicap Hockey and Squash)

A definitely nice looking pong with original graphic designs !

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I was an Alcatel technician in charge of this design in 1973!!!!The product was designed by Alcatel and sold by Pizon Bros. We produced approximately 10000 of this type. You can remark that it is possible to play alone against a "robot" (this is a plus i added).

The chipset is an hybrid circuit designed for that product. I still own one. After this i designed another type with colors (green for the tennis and red for soccer). This application was developped to start a new hybrid circuit prduction line in alcatel factory in Arcueil. This game is working on old TV set through the antenna UHF.

          
Thursday 24th March 2011
Yves Kien (France)

I got this one from a cousin, I never was able to play with it (old antenna system), I checked ebay and found out it had no value (25$) so I gave it.

          
Monday 12th April 2010
Loup Solitaire

that's a cool looking system. like something a 1970's French kid would play James Bond or Mission Impossible with

          
Wednesday 30th March 2005
j4ck (us)

 

NAME  Visiomatic 101
MANUFACTURER  Pizon Bros
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  ? 1973
BUILT IN GAMES  Tennis, Hockey, Hockey handicap, Practice, Squash, Ball-trap, Tir cible
CONTROLLERS  Two paddles
CPU  Original design ?
BUTTONS  Game selections, Serve, Reset, On/off, Ball speed pro/am, Ball angle pro/am, Paddle size pro/am, Service manual/auto, Robot on/off
SWITCHES  None
SCORE  On panel using magnets and on screen
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  Built-in beeper
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output (2nd and 3rd channel)
BATTERIES  6 x 1,5v cells
POWER SUPPLY  9v DC
GUN  Yes, sold with the system. In fact a pistol wich can be turned into a shotgun


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