[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Give Your Apple Vision for Christmas

December 13th, 2010 by Benj Edwards

The Micro Works DS-65 Digisector Video Digitizer for Apple II Ad - 1979How your Apple II sees itself.
(click above to see full ad)

This early Apple II video digitizer (the DS-65 Digiselector) took a regular video input and…well, digitized it. The result was a 256×256 pixel greyscale still image that you could manipulate on your Apple II. In an age before consumer digital cameras, this was quite a novel feat of technical wizardry.

It sold for $349.95 in 1979, which is equivalent to $1,054.24 in 2010 dollars. That’s actually not too bad.

[ From Byte Magazine, December 1979, p.226 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever owned a video capture card? Tell us about it.

6 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Give Your Apple Vision for Christmas”

  1. jarson Says:

    I built a video digitizer for the C64 from a magazine article back in ’87 I believe.
    I remember that you could barely make out the video image (still).

  2. Carlos Bragatto Says:

    There was a “clone” of this interface sold here in Brazil in the mid 80s called Set-Bit, have a look at their ad in a brazilian mag


  3. Moondog Says:

    The image reminds me of those portrait T-shirts that used to be made at carnivals and fairs back in the 80’s.

  4. Benj Edwards Says:

    I remember portrait T-shirts, but I don’t remember them looking like this, Moondog. Were the ones you’re talking about made with computers?

  5. Xyzzy Says:

    Benj, there was definitely something computer-generated along those lines back then. The one I saw was a digitized photo of my cousins printed on thin wooden slats along with a 12-month calendar; I think it was in faint color, but not sure. (Either that or they gave the calendar-photo two years in a row, doing the second in color?) They wouldn’t have had the resources to create it on their own, so I assume it was from either a novelty catalog or mall kiosk.

    The chances of them knowing are next-to-zilch, but I’ll see if I can find similar old products on the web and post if I do.

  6. Moondog Says:

    Yes, Benj, the pixelated ones that looked like they were made on a computer. I also recall the digitized pictures on the calendars and pictures put on trucker hats. There’s nothing like professing your true love than getting a couple’s picture surrounded by a heart on a trucker hat.

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