At the BlockParty 2008 I came across the table of Jon Broadwell, who was showing and selling the Serial Wombat.
"The Serial Wombat is a microcontroller with custom firmware that:
- Connects to a smart host through a serial connection. - Acts as 'Arms and Legs' for the host. - Is designed to be attached to the host during operation. - Comes pre-programmed. You send it commands in real-time. - Can be upgraded by the user when new firmware comes out."
I was interested in it, because there are possibilities that it can be used with the Commodore. I brought Jim Mazursky and Ken Lenigan over to look at it, and Jim confirmed that it would be possible to hack it to the Commodore. The chip was $20; the full kit with chip was $50 (though the full kit is not listed for sale at the website).