Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Winnebiko II Console Operation

Winnebiko II internal blockAn ancient green binder has followed me around from lab to lab through the decades, and it contains all the hand-drawn schematics, software, design sketches, and operating procedures for the Winnebiko II system. This machine rolled out of the lab in 1986, and kept me amused until 1988 when rapidly advancing technology seduced me into the 3-year BEHEMOTH project.

But there was something pure and well-focused about this version, and the scans below describe  console operation in detail (photo at bottom of this page for reference to the named devices, and an overview of the whole bike is available).


Winnebiko II Control System
Console Operation

by Steven K. Roberts, Nomadic Research Labs
April 10, 1987

wb2-console-ops-1WB2-console-ops-2WB2-console-ops-3WB2-console-ops-4WB2-console-ops-5Here is the console on a sunny day in my Friday Harbor lab, many years later in November 2015. Click for detailed view…