[Blindapple] Possible to Emulate the Blackboard Card?

Jayson Smith jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Fri Sep 6 18:38:57 EDT 2013


It seems this card would have custom ROMs and other parts. Without full 
docs, including ROM code, for the board, it's probably not going to be 
emulated. The only way it could be is if someone obtained a working unit 
and reverse engineered it, a very time-consuming process.

On 9/6/2013 6:00 PM, Al Puzzuoli wrote:
> toward the end of my time as an Apple IIe user, I saw a demo of this 
> card. Basically, it took the text of any Apple program, and output it 
> to either an Echo or Votrax synthesizer. The advantage was apparently 
> that all the analysis and TTS took place at a hardware level, 
> bypassing the need for TexTalker. Therefore, virtually all text based 
> apps could theoretically be read. I never got to try the Blackboard 
> and don't know how well it worked in practice, but am curious as to 
> whether anyone here ever used it, has any memories of it, or whether 
> it could possibly be emulated some day? This is all the info I can 
> currently dig up about the card:
> http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=113583&top=0&productid=94437&trail=0 
> --Al
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