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The 555 footstool
Posted By Ken Gagne On Jul 18, 2011 @ 11:11 am In Mainstream coverage | No Comments
The Apple II popularized many processors and chips, most notably the 6502 . But as a games  machine, the Apple II relied heavily on an unsung hero: the 555, a timer IC that allowed two joysticks to be connected for head-to-head play.
Now you can give the 555 a new lease in your daily life courtesy Mad Scientist, which has adapted the chip into a footstoo l.
According to their blog, all it took was "datasheets, cnc routing, laser engraving, plywood, glue, chips, all-thread, angle grinders, mountains of sawdust, dowel rods, [and] spray paint." Sadly, none of those ingredients allow the footstool to interface with your Apple II. Nonetheless, this retrofurniture can be yours  for the exacting price of $555.
(Hat tip to Matthew Humphries )555 , Evil Mad Scientist , footstool , furniture , IC , integrated circuit , joystick 
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URLs in this post:
 6502: http://trixter.oldskool.org/2011/06/04/at-a-disadvantage/
 games: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/games/
 adapted the chip into a footstoo: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/555stool
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/5884246614/
 this retrofurniture can be yours: http://evilmadscience.com/component/content/article/60-customkits
 Matthew Humphries: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/ultimate-geek-footstool-555-timer-chip-20110630/
 555: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/555/
 Evil Mad Scientist: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/evil-mad-scientist/
 footstool: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/footstool/
 furniture: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/furniture/
 IC: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/ic/
 integrated circuit: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/integrated-circuit/
 joystick: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/joystick/
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