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.
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.
- 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
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