|A fischertechnik set meets the BBC Micro
Launched in 1983, the BBC Buggy from Economatics claimed to be the first computer control buggy for the Beeb. However, this picture scanned from the BBC Buggy's box suggests there's a lot of work ahead of the builder before this buggy can start responding to computer commands. Still, for many buyers (mostly schoolteachers) putting it together was half the fun. So much so that Economatics claimed to have sold over 5000 by the mid eighties.
The box describes its contents as 'The BBC Buggy Control Kit - an expandable, versatile kit of parts and software.' The contents are listed as:
It adds that only a screwdriver and M4 spanner are required. A further footnote mentions that a pen kit (supplementary) is available for LOGO use.
- Easily assembled fishertechnik construction kit
- Stepper motors fully wired
- Electronic circuit boards, fully assembled
- All control cables
- Software tape with 13 programs
- Software documentation
- Assembly instructions