Thursday, October 17, 2013

List of BASIC Stamp Supermachines

Left to right supermachines: BSS, SEED, 4DSC, Penguin, 2 Stamp, Tricore, TSS
Baby Stamp Supermachine
BASIC Stamp Super Machines: it's all in the name... designed to represent the nature of super computing by comparing the power of one stamp to the increased power of a machine with many stamps.

The BASIC Stamp Supermachine
is a demonstration of basic principles to take some characteristics of a supercomputer, in particular the notion of larger multiples of relatively simple processors communicating over a common bus, each doing a portion of a task in parallel.

BASIC Stamp Supermachines range from the smallest 2 Stamps machines all the way up to the largest Giant 81 Stamps machine and the behemoth 140 Stamps machine.

The index/list includes the entire family of (fifteen) BASIC Stamp Supermachines and a brief summary of the the key points of each machine. BASIC Stamp Supermachines range from low cost simple to construct machines all the way up larger units built over a decade in time. So there's a project within everyone's grasp in terms of affordability and level.

BSS - BASIC Stamp Supermachine
1st hobby supercomputer using BASIC Stamps. Popularized putting together many processors to make a more powerful machine. Improved and upgraded to contain over 20 stamps.

Penguin with 12 Brains - World's Smartest Parallax Penguin Robot
In this project, Penguin's mono brain was connected to the BASIC Stamp Supercomputer. This created the potential to add on more processor brains, write 16,000 programming instructions, add all the resources of the Basic Stamp Supercomputer, include 176 controlling ports, color uOLED display, green screen LCD, ultrasonic vision, presence sensors, more memory, speech in English and Chinese...

SEED - Baby BASIC Stamp SEED Supermachine
Self Enumerating Evolving Deterministic
World’s 1st living stamp supercomputer. Ten Stamp processors - each is a life form. They are born, develop a unique personality, talk to neighbors, remember conversation, recall information, do work, nap, sleep, and dream. Includes wireless transceiver. SEED was originally named the Baby Stamp Supercomputer and contained a crown bearing the logo.

TRICORE Stamp Supermachine
With three cores, for testing and developing other supercomputers. Three Stamp processors equal the minimum requirement to test and develop the Stamp SEED Supercomputer. Capable of rapid load/test for multiple processor code. Includes lite version of Tiny AI life form code from Stamp SEED Supercomputer.

MSS - MINUSCULE Stamp Supermachine
Minimal Two Core Machine. Smallest possible supercomputer, lowest cost, increases power of one processor. Contains two processors. Used for testing/writing code related to connecting Stamps together, establishing baud rates, timing/syntax, and exploring various network configurations.

TSS - Tiny BASIC Stamp Supermachine
January/Feb. 2011 issue of Robot magazine, page 16 in the LERN section

The world's 1st first hand-held BASIC Stamp Supermachine. Absolutely most powerful, considering it has the smallest footprint with many tiny networked processors. Has its own book with 30 fun projects. Includes Architecture, Assembly, Programming, Tutorial, Applications, Complete Code. The TSS has multiple computers, LCD green screen output monitor, radio transmitter, receiver, speakers for sound output, breadboard real estate and a 64K EEPROM memory board interfaced to a tiny Hub. The TSS Stamp supercomputer is so small, it will fit into a soup bowl or coat pocket. Includes special features such as hardware programming "on the fly."

MOM - Master Offloader Machine (10 BS1s)
The Master Offloader Machine was conceived from the need to offload intensive duties of the Master Computer in the BASIC Stamp
Supermachine (BSS). MOM was the first supercomputing project to show that connecting together multiple BASIC Stamp 1s and Stamp 2 flavors was possible. Contained ten processors.

Two-Stamp BASIC Stamp Supermachine
Established the wiring for connecting a BS2sx to a BS2px BASIC Stamp processor. Amplified the power of one Stamp. This is entirely different from the Minuscule Stamp
Supermachine which used the same BASIC Stamp processors. Discovered the interaction of two dissimilar Stamps wired together.

AM - The Algorithm Machine (Two Stamp 1 Project Boards)

3DSC - Three Dimensional Stamp Supermachine
World’s first 3D Stamp
Supermachine to explore a multi-dimensional universe. Initially designed for simple space-time simulations. Includes three networked BASIC Stamp 1’s using Dx boards. Upgraded to include two servo-driven moving cores. Many applications developed for advanced hobbyists, students, teachers, designed for classrooms, high school Physics and advanced university level experiments with sound, light, time, motion, heat, etc. Upgraded with a Stamp 2 coprocessor.

4DSC - Four Dimensional Stamp Computer Morphing Supermachine
With the invention of the ASP, Automatic Space Positioner, the 3DSC was upgraded to the 4DSC by adding on additional dimensions, such as sound, light, and space simulations. From a hardware perspective, the 4DSC added servos to each BASIC Stamp computer for motion. This results in the first morphing moving core processor with full featured Spatial Motivators.

QUADLYZER - Quantum Analyzer 
four BASIC Stamp 2 HomeWork Boards - 4 Deterministic Parallel Clustered Cores with LCD Display,  Enumerators, Speakers, LEDs, 8-Bit Parallel and 4-Bit Micro I/O Interfaces. THE QuadLyzer is a machine that can reflect representative states of the Quantum World. It accomplishes this inside four processors representing at least four space dimensions. These are held as algorithmic states and parameters located inside multiple networked clustered parallel processors. Like the example of two real world mirrors of reflective dimension facing each other which represent infinity reflections, the QuadLyzer too can reflect more dimensions from baseline to infinity and states in between.

(9 cores, BS2 + Propeller 1) The SuperSTAMP is a very powerful BASIC Stamp "module" made from a Parallax BS2 Board of Education and a Propeller Proto Board. The added features and resources create added capabilities and power that go far beyond the original Stamp.

GSS - Giant Basic Stamp Supermachine
Adds together all previous Stamp Supermachines for a grand total of 81 Stamps.

BBSS - Behemoth Basic Stamp Supermachine
Takes the GST Supermachine with 81 stamps and adds another 59 Stamps to make a 140 Stamps total behemoth machine. 

Handbook of Basic Stamp Supermachines
This book is written to answer many questions about hobby BASIC Stamp
Supermachines and offer a starting point for construction of your own Stamp Supermachine. Includes apps, programming and many details to get you started immediately. Delves into Stamp AI Artificial Intelligence and many aspects of Stamp supermachines. Includes an outstanding reference to useful Basic Stamp educational material. The electronic version is posted and available for download free of charge.

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Why create a BASIC Stamp Supermachine? 
I'm a hobbyist that loves BASIC Stamps. I have fun and enjoy learning new things by making interesting and challenging projects. All the information is offered free of charge so the projects can be duplicated and customized by others. I hope it will lead to many enjoyable learning experiences.

A Parallax BASIC Stamp
Supermachine is a fun hobby project that connects together multiple BASIC Stamps, in a network, to make "the many, more powerful than the one." The name Supermachine is in context of making one Stamp computer into a super Stamp machine with more capability not possible with just one Stamp. The comparison of "superness" is within the genre of BASIC Stamps.

The gains are significantly more ports, faster speed, more programming code statements, more sophisticated programming, paralleled operations, increase in sensor and peripheral abilities, and numerous techniques available to Parallax BASIC Stamp