This is the Sima ScreenWriter, a device for putting titles on your home videos.
The back
It's apparently from 1992, and takes a CR2032 battery
The very minimalist IO panel. composite in, composite out, power and a switch.
I think I missed my chance to get a free issue of Videomaker.
I just love the layout of the manual
For your home, do you currently own or plan to buy any of the following?
Cellular Phone?
PC or compatible Computer?
Apple / Macintosh Computer?
CD ROM Drive?
have you or your spouse ACCESSED THE INTERNET in the last 6 months?
Opening it up! Here's the keyboard side. Check out that chip: Intel C30261AE, from 1980?
I can't figure out what that is.
The slightly blurry main board inside.
Interestingly it says Prowtec Co 1994, not Sima 1992?
Hey look, it's an 8051!
Specially a TEMIC TSC80C31 which is a 12mhz variant of the Intel design.
A Mitsubishi M50458. This is an on-screen-display chip.
ugh, blurry pictures. I need to re-open this thing (these are old pictures) and retake them.
I don't know what the TI chip is, at all, but the other one is some kind of Mosel-Vitelic chip (probably power transistors?). It's a MT62C064P-70LL
oh wait, nevermind, duh, the TI chip is an eprom. You can tell the sticker is covering the UV window.
also, calling @gravislizard to this thread, because this top video is Exceptionally Him.
if I could figure out AT ALL how to use this thing, I'd make a picture of it saying "I CAN SEE YOU GRAVIS"

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Nils-Arne Dahlberg:
Isn't that TI chip an EPROM? Looks very much like one, anyway (Worked with those ..... some 25-30 years ago...
Daniel Marsh:
I am pretty sure I used this or something damn similar in a 5th grade "tech enrichment" class at Woodridge Elementary. We used it to caption videos demoing stuff we were doing in Logo.
Popeye Otaku:
Reminds me of whin i saw pre-digital tv subtitles. They seemed to has printid all the subs out in a long roll, and then spooled it thru a thin that wud mask out all but 2 lines

They'd flim it linearly in order, tho not in real time on accouna you'd pause the camera, an if you...
I think I’ve seen AVGN (@cinemassacre ) use one of these https://t.co/taPmQjDstX
🎃☠️ yann ☠️🎃:
wait does it look like it's advertised on the packaging or like in the video?
Purchased clothes through the mail?
Tony Ingesson:
This is pretty similar to the device we used to add text when I took "media" classes in high school in 1994-1997. That one ran on AA batteries, otherwise almost identical in design.
Yipes My Wife:
i love this already…
Julien Goodwin:
guessing the unused knockouts are for S-video, and either an RGB-only version or for audio loop through

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