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Humane Informatics

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Humane Informatics is a one-man project in the field of Information and communication technologies for development led by Braddock Gaskill. As of October 2010 the project introduced two open-source hardware devices - the Humane Reader and the Humane PC. Both devices are based on Arduino design.

Humane Reader[edit]

The Humane Reader is a low-cost electronic device with TV-out that can hold a five thousand book library (e.g. offline Wikipedia compilations) on a microSD card. The reader could be produced in quantity for about $20 per unit.[1][2][3]

Humane PC[edit]

The Humane PC is an extended version of the Humane Reader - it has an extra micro-USB port and infrared port.[2][3][4]



  • open source design
  • 3 Atmel ATmega328P microcontrollers - for video, USB and general computing
    • main microcontroller is serial programmable via USB
  • NTSC/PAL composite video output for display on any TV
  • black and white 38x25 character text or simple graphics display
  • PS/2 keyboard
  • microSD card reader
  • micro-USB port
    • allows USB slave devices
  • USB powered
  • 4 input buttons
  • PWM audio output
  • infrared LED and receiver
  • VT52 + H19 video terminal emulation


  • programmable using C/C++ libraries, or via Arduino IDE
  • use of Tellymate Project code for VT52 video output
  • use of AVR V-USB firmware to implement a USB device

See also[edit]

  • PlayPower


  1. "Humane Reader". Humaneinfo.com. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Climate Change (2010-07-27). "$20 Wikipedia Reader Uses 8-Bit Computing Power". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Humane Reader is a $20 8-bit PC for TVs". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  4. "The Humane PC". Humaneinfo.com. Retrieved 2016-09-15.

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