Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Tiny Chimera Analog Synthesizer

Chimera bC16 synth

The Chimera bC16 miniature audio synthesizer resembles an alien dinner plate, complete with a serving of electro spaghetti. It can be powered by three internal 9V batteries and even offers a built-in headphone amplifier so you can patch together brilliant bleeps and bloops on the bus. You'll need a control voltage source (such as the upcoming Chimera SM16 analog step sequencer) to make anything approaching music.

Mystery designer BC has managed to pack a complete patchable analog monophonic synth - with VCO, LFO, ADSR envelope generator and noise and ring modulation - into a "CD sized" plastic case, and has the audacity to market his creation for a mere $229. The initial production run is almost sold out, but he's planning to introduce a $269 SM16 analog sequencer with MIDI and even a $299 pH303 bass line synthesizer at the end of January 2008.

The site is still heavily under construction, but it's worth a visit to see how things are progressing. [note to  budding entrepreneurs: Send us links to your site *after* pulling down the "coming soon" banners or you might get forgotten at the bottom of the RT inbox...]

Chimera Synthesis bC16 miniature patch synthesizer
Browse the bC16 manual [pdf]

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