I have been fascinated with systems like the Altair 8800 for some time now and decided to up-the-anti with my second iteration of the Digirule by making a programmable binary computer built into a PCB ruler. The Altair 8800 is shown below:
Image source: Wikipedia
The Digirule 2 and 2A are identical with respect to their hardware however the Digirule 2A comes pre-programmed with updated firmware (made by Brent Hauser) and also updated PCB silkscreen. Since the Digirule 2 and 2A are very similar to each other, this webpage will simply refer to them collectively as Digirule 2. You can find more information about the differences between the Digirule 2 and 2A in the download links below.
When I have stock, you can purchase a Digirule 2 from my Tindie store.
The Digirule 2 was successfully funded on Kickstarter on 28th June 2018 where 487 backers pledged $22,097AUD. Kickstarter link HERE.
The Digirule 2A was successfully funded on Kickstarter on 29th May 2019 (which only ran for 48 hours!) where 149 backers pledged $6,149AUD. Kickstarter link HERE.
The Digirule 2 can be likened to a computer similar to the Altair 8800 built into a 20cm ruler. it is essentially an 8-bit programmable binary computer with a simple instruction set that let’s you add, subtract, AND, OR, XOR, shift, check buttons, check the status of flags etc. so you can make some cool little programs that can be stored even when power is turned off by using the in-built flash memory.
Digirule 2 Features (Front)
Digirule 2 Features (Rear)
Instruction Set Code Maker
An excel spreadsheet helps to convert code to binary for you to then enter into the Digirule 2. The original Digirule 2 firmware contains 33 instructions while the updated Digirule 2A firmware contains 35 instructions.
Digirule2 Front and Rear
Digirule 2A Front and Rear
You will notice the Digirule 2A is virtually identical to the Digirule 2. The only differences being the extra two instructions printed on the rear of the device and the RUN/STOP LED’s being positioned below the switch in the 2A version:
The download below features the Digirule 2 and 2A sourcecode, schematic, PCB design, gerber, user manual and excel spreadsheet coder. A big thank you to Brent Hauser for his updated Digirule 2A firmware!Digirule 2 and 2A Files (195 downloads)
If you’ve made a program that you’d like to share with others, feel free to upload it using the form below:
You can browse the user upload directory by clicking HERE.
Luke Drumm has made a fantastic Digirule2 Assembler and can be found HERE. (please note, this does not include the additional two instructions that are included in the Digirule 2A firmware.