“As part of my Commodore Plus/4 series, chapter three of the user’s manual includes a section on using a Commodore Datasette. In a previous post, I assembled the modern replacement for the Datasette, the Tapuino. “What’s a Tapuino,” you ask? It’s an Arduino-based replacement for the Commodore Datasette.
For this project I use another Arduino, in this case the inexpensive Arduino Nano version, some easy to source electronic components, and a 3D printer to create a Commodore 264 series inspired Datasette replacement I call, the TEDuino.
The TEDuino is powered by the Tapuino project. You can learn all about the Tapuino on the Sweetlilmre’s 1337 beef: Building the Tapuino R2 blog post.
After building the Tapuino and using it with my Commodore Plus/4, I felt it should have a proper case that was inline with the Plus/4 design aesthetics. I grabbed my sketch pad and began brainstorming (see video).
NOTE: While this post focuses on the Tapuino for a Commodore Plus/4, this build will also work with a C16 or other 264 series Commodore computers. If you want to use the Tapuino with a VIC-20, C64, or C128, you only need to replace the 7 pin DIN connector with this C2N Power Adapter that will also allow you to tap power from those computers for other projects.
This post and the companion video includes the build materials, layout, imagery, parts sourcing, and processes used to create the case and build the Tapuino system for the TEDuino. Before you read this blog post, watch the video below where I share a reveal of my TEDuino case design.”