‘FlyLab on the NeXTstation’ – with App Tarball #RetroComputing
Blake Patterson has a still-operating – and using! – NeXTstation and for a recent Back to School Week event online he photographed his machine running FlyLab, a program circa the early 1990s, still running, that actually still seems quite sophisticated (and cool!). Blake has also recently tarball’d the app for other NeXTstation owners, available on his blog.
It is a genetics application that visually conveys inheritance through mating pairs of flies with configurable traits, sort of a fly construction set. The app really stood out for me because it is an ideal demonstration of what NEXTSTEP could bring to education, and its interface a model of the strengths of the NeXT Interface Builder development tool.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.