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digitaltrails

I've just written up how to build a DIY IBM 80 Column Punch Card Reader by using an Arduino to control a CHDK firmware equipped camera.

The Arduino is just used to do the image capture, the images are then processed on a PC using some python code, this makes for a fairly easy project on the hardware side of things.

Movie overview:
http://codeincluded.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/punchcard-reader-movie.html

johnft

That is a great project, I really enjoyed reading about it. Amazing to see someone who still has some punch cards :)
http://www.freetronics.com

florinc


MichaelMeissner


Nice childhood memories.

I guess that makes me feel old, since I started programming in high school on an IBM 1130 with cards.   :)

florinc

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I started programming in high school on an IBM 1130 with cards.

Oh, me too. I was a kid then (like everybody at age 14).
Actually, I started by punching the cards (on a Juki machine). Programming with those cards came a bit later.

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