THE CATS-EYE VIEW OF COLOR (May, 1982)

Jayessel: this reminded me of the stuff you did with your IIe.

THE CATS-EYE VIEW OF COLOR

The CBX Series: affordable, intelligent color imaging systems
The CBX subsystem interfaces with your PDP-11 ,* LSI-11* or other computer to provide high resolution imaging capabilities. With the optional frame grabber and television camera, you digitize full-color images from any source, using a computer-controlled color filter system. Then analyze, reprocess, mix, save, retrieve… the power of the CAT is at your command.

Each CBX system includes:
• Your choice of CAT-100, 400 or 800
• 12 slot S-100 mainframe
• Z-80A processor with specialized firmware in PROM
• Parallel interface connector

A range of options and accessories are available, including:
• TV cameras • Lightpens • TV monitors • Interface card and connecting cables.
*PDP-11 and LSI-11 are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation.

DIGITAL GRAPHIC SYSTEMS, INC
935 Industrial Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303 (415) 856-2500

8 comments
  1. jayessell says: August 26, 20119:03 am

    Thanks for the shout-out.
    I designed my computer animation rig based on the Byte Magazine review of a slide printer.
    I just had this 25 year old 16mm clip scanned and YouTubed:

    http://www.youtube.com/…

  2. Casandro says: August 26, 201110:21 am

    Note the monochrome camera with the colour filter wheel. Back then good colour cameras were considerably more expensive than monochrom ones.

  3. Charlie says: August 26, 201111:25 am

    Cassandro: Actually I think it’s the other way. The screen was monochrome and the color wheel was used to generate a color image for the camera. Check out the link to Jayessel’s comment in the post.

  4. Jari says: August 26, 201112:09 pm

    Reminds me of the Digi-View system for Amiga computers, which I had in early 90′s. Made by NewTek, who also made (still makes) LighWave 3D, which was used in making of Babylon 5.

  5. Hirudinea says: August 26, 201112:30 pm

    And today the camera in a cellphone is 1000% better in every possible way, makes you wonder what well have in another 30 years?

  6. Casandro says: August 26, 201112:30 pm

    @charlie
    Certainly not. That would only work with film cameras and that definitely is a video camera.

    It’s also way simpler to build a monochrome framegrabber.

  7. Charlene says: August 29, 20118:52 am

    Aren’t cats colour-blind?

  8. Jari says: August 29, 20119:35 am

    Charlene: Nope, although they have only two types of cones, sensitive to blue and yellowish green.

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