Entry to RetroChallenge 2009

I’ve submitted an entry to RetroChallenge 2009. I came across the challenge last year, but didn’t have the time to put together an entry. I’m not certain I’ll be able to complete my entry this year, but I had to give it a shot. Here’s a description:

I was inspired while playing around with Virtual ][. I discovered that I could actually use my Treo 650 as a dialup modem from within Virtual ][ by using the Bluetooth serial connection from my MacBook Pro to the phone. Having recently acquired an Apple //e, I decided to set this up on the real hardware, with a goal to designing an expansion card that would emulate the functionality of the Super Serial Card while including the Bluetooth functionality, as well.

While I’ve got a number of ideas of where I want to take this eventually, for the purposes of the competition, I’m going to try to start modestly by simply getting the hardware to communicate. I doubt that I will have full card prototyped and fab’d by the end of the competition, so I will attempt simply to complete a design (schematic / board layout).

I have begun evaluating and sourcing parts for the project. I’ve also begun reading through the relevant docs. Also, much thanks to the kind folks of #a2c.chat for their help in pulling the idea together. I’ll be posting more updates soon.