The Intellivision Keyboard Component
Hello everyone and welcome to Floppy Days #83 for April, 2018. My name is Randy Kindig and I host this little retrospective on vintage computers. I’m stepping outside the normal timeline for this particular episode in order to cover a vintage gaming console and an upgrade that could be purchased for it that turned it into a home computer. The gaming console is the Intellivision and the upgrade was called the Intellivision Keyboard Component. This system falls roughly into our current timeline, which sits currently at 1980, in that the Intellivision Master Componenet was released in 1979 and the Keyboard Component while work was started on it in 1978 it was never officially released except for about 4,000 units before it was officially canceled in 1982.
Paul Nurminen, aka Nurmix, of the Intellivisionaries Podcast, came to me some time ago and suggested that we collaborate on a podcast about this system as he thought it might be interesting to Intellivisionaries and Floppy Days listeners alike. I agreed with him and we set about to pull together information and guests about this gaming/computing machine, code-named the Blue Whale, or whimsically occasionally called the Intelliputer. To that end, Paul was able to contact two gentlemen with intimate knowledge of the keyboard component. The first is Dave Rolfe, who was involved in the development of the keyboard component. The second is Frank Palazzolo, who is working on emulating the keyboard component.
Paul will be co-hosting this show with me and we have a lot of information to pass on to you that I hope you find interesting. I’ll first go over a few new acquisitions and upcoming shows and then we’ll jump right into the interview with David, followed by Frank.
Links Mentioned in the Show:
Interview with Frank Palazzolo
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