Reprogram Billy Bass

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Reprogram Billy Bass

Post by miked » Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:39 am

Maybe 20 years ago, N&V mag had a good article on re-programming the Billy Bass fish. It did not replace the current board, but re-programmed the existing chip.
I have contacted N&V, but while they recall the article, their archives do not extend that far back.
Does anyone have this article that could be copied?
Thanks, Mike :smile:

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Post by Nepo » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:29 am


HA! That’s a coincidence. I was talking with a friend the other day and subject of modding a Billy Bass came up. I would be interested in seeing that article as well.

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Post by CeaSaR » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:49 am

Billy Bass is only about 8 - 9 years old. You can find info on him here as
well as a link near the bottom on how to mod him using Linux. That page
has a link to an embedded mod for "him" also.

Hey, what do I know?

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More on modding Billy Bass

Post by grant fair » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:34 pm

Circuit Cellar Ink had a detailed article about 6 years ago - look through one of their indexes on the web.

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Re: Reprogram Billy Bass

Post by sparkplug » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:13 am

My parents have an old Billy Bass out in their garage and i am going to be visiting this summer. One question for creating the modifications. It is possible to expand the devices current capabilities, or only to replace what is already there with a determined amount of space? It would be cool to have the fish seem normal and all of a sudden blurt out an obscenity or threat, haha. With electronics, my specialty is testing devices like a wood moisture meter, but this seems like it would be a pretty fun electronics project to take on.

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