1980s VP-380 Video Pointer: $920 TV Arrow Generator

22 lut 2019
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If you were a professional that needed to plop arrows onto a CRT TV screen in the 80s, the FOR-A Video Pointer was the device for you! Yep, it cost nearly $1,000 to superimpose pointers over composite video. WORTH IT.
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  • I know there's someone else out there wondering, that song at the end of the video is Friends With Animals by Rotations(instrumental version though)

    MASTER GAMER895MASTER GAMER8952 miesięcy temu
  • You know you’ve fallen asleep watching PLworld when you stumble across a vid you’ve never watched, but the red bar shows you’ve watched the whole thing🤦‍♂️

    TwoBlunt MichaelTwoBlunt Michael3 miesięcy temu
  • I had one of these float over my desk quite recently, also from a medical background, it does indeed work just with a ROM and syncs up the address contents with the frame sync to overlay the pointers - thats also why it needs a video signal input to work. I had another For-A device though that was another level on top of this, the VTW-200 Video Typewriter which overlaid text onto composite video - also using just ROM and logic chips. Could do two whole pages of text, in multiple sizes and with a couple of effects. Impressive kit for the time really.

    AXTAXT4 miesięcy temu
  • What a POINTLESS video 😂🤣😂😂

    London Appliance TestingLondon Appliance Testing5 miesięcy temu
  • Now you don't have to stop while playing a beat-em-up to know which way to "Go!"

    Savestate ComicSavestate Comic5 miesięcy temu
  • Make a modern version for HDMI.

    Kyle PattonKyle Patton6 miesięcy temu
  • so if one needed multiple pointers to point out multiple things... one would need multiple pointer boxes stacked together to get the point across?

    EuphoricBloodLustEuphoricBloodLust6 miesięcy temu
  • only on LGR

  • Wow, that board looks almost brand new.

    SandyRiverBlueSandyRiverBlue6 miesięcy temu
  • What's the game at 7:08? It looks familiar...

    Pietro GagliardiPietro Gagliardi6 miesięcy temu
  • Frankly, the phrase "medical surplus auction" amuses me greatly.

    sadmac356sadmac3567 miesięcy temu
  • So the entire device, is essentially *hardware* built around *software* !? 4:33 all of those are Texas Instruments TTL for Logic Gates. That ceramic EPROM in the middle is where most of the cost of the unit came from, as they're still quite expensive to this day. I think someone should build a newer version of this, using an 8-bit microcontroller like the PIC.

    Morahman7vnNo2Morahman7vnNo28 miesięcy temu

    SKYCRONSKYCRON8 miesięcy temu
  • 6:40 "purpose built software" tell that to my piece of scotch tape with a permanent marker dot on it ;)

    Kyra ZimmerKyra Zimmer8 miesięcy temu
  • When you were showing off the mainboard POSes and EPROM and other internal components, I woulda been absolutely thrilled to see that arrow appear and point as each component as you discussed it. But alas.

    child of cascadiachild of cascadia8 miesięcy temu
  • There *_has_* to be a way to convert this to an actual input device.

    Noel GoetowskiNoel Goetowski9 miesięcy temu
  • There's nothing better than LGR using a $920 ($2,185 adjusted for inflation in 2020) arrow generating device to point an arrow at Bill Nye the Science Guy's head as he talks about metamorphosis and also using an arrow to tell an imaginary class that they are seeing Sonic the Hedgehog on a Sony TV.

    Nicolle StallkampNicolle Stallkamp9 miesięcy temu
  • Id pay for that just to make the arrow icon pick someones nose.

    joseph burtulatojoseph burtulato10 miesięcy temu
  • @SethWack True xD

    paul fargeixpaul fargeix10 miesięcy temu
  • sonic 101 lmao!!!!!

    Josh ThompsonJosh Thompson10 miesięcy temu
  • I was hoping this could display more than one pointer at a time. Seeing how this propably was used in a medical background, it would've made sense. Maybe showing students "You can see damage to the bone here, here and here" (and keeping the arrows on the things you pointed to first).

    Traugott MüllerTraugott Müller11 miesięcy temu
  • the most unusual item )) Thanks for review. Did not know about it

    SanychmannSanychmann11 miesięcy temu
  • image spending thousands of dollars to only produce a small white/black arrow.... ah

    Dog BroDog Bro11 miesięcy temu
  • 2:37 Yep, that's William Nye.

    The CHONKY WufThe CHONKY Wuf11 miesięcy temu
  • I love and TV Related Technology!

    Theo ValentiTheo Valenti11 miesięcy temu
  • this thing is awsome

    TheLegendInYouTheLegendInYouRok temu
  • Just hire a high school kid to point at things for you.

    Ben PowellBen PowellRok temu
  • Why is the "crosshair" longer on the right arm than the other three?

    Matthew HillMatthew HillRok temu
  • "Any piece of electronics that has such a single specific purpose amuses me to no end." Subscribed. This dude is awesome and entertaining.

    AudiophilMDAudiophilMDRok temu
  • Keep up the good work, lazy boi

    DeimosDeimosRok temu
  • Obviously, you had to be certified and trained to run this powerful instrument. Could look pretty impressive on a resume of a early technosaurus or teachers assistant. Along with mimeograph technologies

    chris hustonchris hustonRok temu
  • Now I really want Clint to cover the measuring gauge, the micro scaler, and crossline generator as well xD

    LinksbroLinksbroRok temu
  • 3rd time watching, I just can't get enough of how cool this thing is(he says typing on a phone that would be labelled witchcraft in the 80's).

    Neil The MemerNeil The MemerRok temu
  • Point taken.

    LordTerenasLordTerenasRok temu
  • A sight for Doom for only $ 1000! Do not miss! =) Thank you for the video!

    Евгений ФедоровскийЕвгений ФедоровскийRok temu
  • Quite a profit margin on that bit of hardware! Component costs were tiny based on what's in there.

    Kevin LoughinKevin LoughinRok temu
  • Now that's a well made point

    Marcus GrantMarcus GrantRok temu
  • The funny thing is we could use something like this now for modern conference rooms because projectors are dying and you can't use light-based pointers with LCDs.

    Wyatt EppWyatt EppRok temu
    • Also, I'm guessing the implementation involves racing the beam to set the luma values for the effects it produces per scanline and that's why it only does black and white. Another interesting thing: if you look at the box effect, especially, you can see it's not quite calibrated right: the timing for horizontal lines is off, causing them to be extended to the right.

      Wyatt EppWyatt EppRok temu
  • Still. A better value for 1000$ than the Apple pro monitor stand.

    Jiří PastrňákJiří PastrňákRok temu
  • It's essentially a less functional, more expensive Odyssey

    Soup RoleplaySoup RoleplayRok temu
  • You can use this for 3D-Shooter-NoScope-Stuff.

    RetronRetronRok temu
  • Wasn't something like this at the start of mgs3 when major zero was explaining the virtuous mission?

    Squidy Y2kSquidy Y2kRok temu
  • So pointy! Much pointing!

    Patrick SmithPatrick SmithRok temu
  • Archibald would be proud...

    MaxMaxRok temu
  • This thought may be 'pointless' but what would happen if you pressed two pointer options in at once 🤔😂 Its the kind of pointless think I'd try just to see what would happen 😂 😂 😂

    SmallGrayBoxSmallGrayBoxRok temu
  • Pretty sure this is used in the SICP lectures from MIT on youtube, I always wondered how they had an arrow on a terminal screen and this answers it

    MicahMicahRok temu
  • Nvidia graphics card

    YouTube YouTubeYouTube YouTubeRok temu
  • nunavyour biznasnunavyour biznasRok temu
  • This is one of the machines your teacher always told you not to touch but at the end the whole class ended up messing around with it. :D

    Serious SamSerious SamRok temu
  • Nice Trinitron monitor...!

    James HarmerJames HarmerRok temu
  • The misaligned square bugs me more than it should.

    JopieHaargelJopieHaargelRok temu
  • Cool device! I think I saw this on someone's Pointrest

    DB NDB NRok temu
  • You make a good point backed up with excellent counterpoints. You're on point, poindexter

    DB NDB NRok temu
  • CUMQUAT せゕつ

    mtgAzimmtgAzimRok temu
  • Ah, pre-Video-Toaster, expensive-as-BALLS video equipment.

    bitwizebitwizeRok temu
  • I dont see the point to this machine ok ill see my way out

    youtubesucksyoutubesucksRok temu
  • The Dot GoldenEye 64

    K 9 PoodleK 9 PoodleRok temu
  • we have one question: WHY

    justalperenjustalperenRok temu
  • I'm pretty sure the doctor I had in Yokohama last year used one of year to indicate trouble areas on an ultrasound display.

    zenkozenkoRok temu
  • Hey boss. I'm putting a presentation about endangered wildlife. Which birds are more susceptible to the meanness of bulldozers. I need a cursor to circle around a bird very quickly. Can I have a 1000 dollars to make my dream a reality? HAHAHA I love the idea of a 1K for a cursor on a video. Thanks LGR. You made my day

    533 watts533 wattsRok temu
  • So for only a thousand dollars you are telling me that I no longer have to get out of my chair and physically point at the screen during presentations!? I am sold!!

    Hordes Of NebulahHordes Of NebulahRok temu

    LS1 Gaming and PC'sLS1 Gaming and PC'sRok temu
  • What monitor do you use? It looks real nice and i like that brushed metal on the rim.

    TaliaKuznetsovaTaliaKuznetsovaRok temu
  • built in Malaysia..why i never heard of it though?

    Ned LanNed LanRok temu
  • Man, you review some amazing stuff from yesteryear

    Alex 90Alex 90Rok temu
  • oddly enough, I can see there being a real demand for this. analysis of sporting events and video evidence in court cases

    GunguyGunguyRok temu
  • nice unexpected kiki kaikai cameo

    mycophobiamycophobiaRok temu
  • Couple this with a broken Sony HandyCam and you have the ultimate paranormal video machine!

    LuxDude2003 VacuumsLuxDude2003 VacuumsRok temu
  • 5:50 I keep picturing someone giving a presentation at a dry medical conference with loud *CHUNK* *THUNK* noises changing pointers

    Arthas MenethilArthas MenethilRok temu
  • Bill nye the lying guy!

    James PriestJames PriestRok temu
  • haha love that thing I've seen it used for recruitnent videos to show which player to watch never knew how they did that till your video pretty cool 😆

    Jason YoungJason YoungRok temu
  • Wait... Are the arrows asymmetrical?

    nesuramenesurameRok temu
  • I guess your audience is far too young to remember "Bozo's Circus" or "The Grand Prize Game" on the same show in which the contestants were selected by camera operators who panned and tilted wildly across the audience as arrows superimposed on the picture singled out one boy or girl in the audience to come down and play the game. it was quite an honor to be the one in between the alternating arrows in the 1960s to whenever the show petered out. IIRC it was scaled down from an hour-long noontime show to a half-hour morning show _sans_ audience (and a slight name change, "The Bozo Show" IIRC) some time around 1980, and kept going in one form or another into the new century. The Grand Prize Game ended when the live audience did, and so this For.A box wouldn't have seen duty at WGN-TV for that purpose, though I'm curious what they did use back in the '60s.

    StringerNews1StringerNews1Rok temu
  • Perfect for quick scoping

    Terry GoetzTerry GoetzRok temu
  • Does anybody else think the case geometry is super similar to the PS4 slim?

    BackroadPhantomBackroadPhantomRok temu
  • Why would you want to add a crosshair to Doom? The gun is directly in the centre of the bottom of the screen! I always just used that as a crosshair.

    Just Another Youtube ChannelJust Another Youtube ChannelRok temu
  • Holy crap your version of Sonic is absolutely mad! It’s so fast! I’ve been playing the PAL version on my setup, and I’ve got used to the slower speed.

    Just Another Youtube ChannelJust Another Youtube ChannelRok temu
  • It’s crazy how such a simple task required such an expensive device. Times really have changed. This is a really cool device though and I want one for my TV so I can point at things when watching VHSs with my mates.

    Just Another Youtube ChannelJust Another Youtube ChannelRok temu
    • I don't think it was THAT expensive, it's marked up for the industry it's in. It's probably like $100-$200 worth of hardware and without industry-specific markup would probably cost like $500. Not cheap but not near-$1000 either.

      SolidSonicTHSolidSonicTH11 miesięcy temu
  • What would this even be used for... Maby pointing Pepsi man in the right direction

    CANDYMAN 7688CANDYMAN 7688Rok temu
  • Skillful play of Sonic and Doom with only one hand.

    4Wilko4WilkoRok temu
  • Pura tecnologia.

    100% Nep Juice100% Nep JuiceRok temu
  • Trinitron. 😍

    finaltransconfiguratfinaltransconfiguratRok temu
  • New to this channel. Stumbled upon a video a few days ago and have since been binging a couple vids every night. I honestly put your narration up there in the echelon of Sir David Attenborough.

    My View AskewMy View AskewRok temu
  • I just don't get the Point of this but there is One somewhere... How to Quickscope the right way haha!!!

    CyberVirtualCyberVirtualRok temu
  • I see a 240p Test Suite!

    josko50josko50Rok temu
  • The puns gave me pause, but I upvoted the video nonetheless.

    jnerdsblogjnerdsblogRok temu
  • Basically an oversized and overpriced mouse that did less than a mouse? Neat

    Ax ElAx ElRok temu
  • Would this work in PAL?

    Tobias LarssonTobias LarssonRok temu
  • 1:51 Is it ironic that kumquats look like orange testicles without a sack and the first syllable is "kum?"

    Orion AkeOrion AkeRok temu
  • Now daisychain it into your Micro-CRT Fallout 4 rig.

    weckarweckarRok temu
  • Eres la hostia

    el rey de alas negras club de fansel rey de alas negras club de fansRok temu
  • I don't need it but god damn, I want it

  • Could you use it to influence the mechanic used in Duck Hunt to detect where you're aiming the gun at? :P

    MaxTheDragonMaxTheDragonRok temu
  • Why is the arrow so janky? The square is not square. The crosshair doesn't cross in the center. For such an expensive piece of equipment that does one thing, you'd think it would do it well.

    Ed SiefkerEd SiefkerRok temu
  • 5:41 I wondered for what purpose there is a NE555 on the PCB ... but this flashing cursor explains everything 😂

    vperm2fvperm2fRok temu
  • This is the most "Rube Golberg" thing I have ever seen. A complex machine that performs the simplest function.

    Tattooed DragonTattooed DragonRok temu
  • aahh ???

    Elior ZenoElior ZenoRok temu
  • It's actually pretty cool how this kind of overlay tech works. Because it doesn't sample a frame, store it in memory, add a cursor to it, and then display it. If it did *that* in the early 80s, it would be a $50,000 box instead of a $1,000 box. Instead it snoops on the sync signals of the video that it's passing through, figures out what moment in time corresponds to each pixel on the screen, and then switches back and forth on the fly between passing through the original video signal, and replacing it with a signal of pure white (or black). Does that at around 5MHz, assuming a 320-pixel horizontal resolution. That's not bad, and it requires a kind of cleverness that's as much analog as it is digital.

    hobbifiedhobbifiedRok temu
  • MATT

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  • I bet these are still used in Top 10 video thumbnails

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