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Homelab

The HomeLab computers family was conceived in the People's Republic of Hungary by the famous Lukács brothers.

József Lukács, the older brother was the creator of the hardware, and the younger, Endre Lukács was the father of software (a great BASIC language).

The HomeLab machines were cheap, well-working and easy-to-use Basic computers. They were neither clones nor licencied, but original Hungarian home computers.

The HomeLab-2 (see the 'More pictures' section) was also called Aircomp-16. It was made by a little agro-electronics company called the Personal Agroelektronikai GT.

Thanks to Képes Gábor for all this information and pictures. All of the HomeLab versions could also be homebrew built or assembled by the HCC (Hungarian Computer Club), an association of amateur computer fans.

The Brailab (pictured) was an exciting curiosity. It was a speaking Homelab-4 version especially intended for blind people. It featured a nice retro robot voice and a perfect Hungarian phonetics reproduction. It was a member of the BraiLab series. The text-to-speech system was conceived by András Arató and Teréz Vaspöri.

It was made by the Color Ipari Szovetkezet factory, in Dombóvár, a little Hungarian city. Only 400 machines were made between 1985 and 1987.

The BraiLab ran with a simple tape recorder and could be connected to either a TV set (VHF) or a monochrome monitor. A blind user could use it only with a tape recorder, hear but not watch the data.

The BraiLab was followed by the BraiLab Plus with floppy and CP/M system then by the BraiLab PC, a text-to-speech interface for IBM PCs.

Click here to hear a BraiLab voice synthesizer sample. (MP3 file).

We need more info about this console ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.

 

WoW! That keyboard...
...Just handwiring something like that for a personal project is a tedious nightmare...
...doing it for a mass-produced system...
...I take my hat off to the company that made these. :)

          
Thursday 8th May 2008
Charlie

 

NAME  Homelab
MANUFACTURER  Homelab Series
ORIGIN  Hungary
YEAR  1985
END OF PRODUCTION  1987
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  BASIC interpreter
CONTROLLERS  59 keys, QWERTY Hungarian style
CPU  Z80A
SPEED  3 MHz
RAM  64 KB
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  64 chars. x 32 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  None
COLORS  Unknown
SOUND  Built-in speaker
I/O PORTS  TV/VHF, tape recorder, Parallel, Bus connector
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  Unknown
PRICE  Unknown




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