TeleButler Home Information System
IntroductionTeleButler provides an exciting and unique Home Information System which makes your Acorn computer useful around the home. Rather than being limited to a single screen in a spare room it enables your computer to communicate throughout your house via your television sets.
A special "information channel" is generated by the computer and available on channel 9 of all of your televisions to show you:
All incoming and outgoing telephone calls are displayed on every TV set in your home, so when the phone rings you can switch to channel 9 and see who is trying to call you. If somebody dials out on another extension you see the number and the name appear as they are dialling and the line flashes while the telephone is in use. This enables you to tell when the phone if being used just by turning on the television.
This is possible using a Computer Concepts tuner/teletext card which has an RGB/composite video output in addition to the normal Teletext functions. Our Caller Display and Teletext+ software work together with this card to make it display useful information which can be connected to your TV sets.
The display is quite separate to the computer's normal display, and the computer can still be used normally while it is generating the extra TV display. The TV display can be used to show all sorts of useful information and there are even system calls to allow your own programs put useful information on it.
Caller Display and Teletext+ update this display automatically, so if the telephone rings or Teletext+ beeps to warn of a television programme starting the details are immediately displayed on a spare television channel.
Display which can appear on channel 9 of every TV in your home
Please note that this facility is only available on the Computer Concepts Teletext card. To connect to a TV via the aerial input you need an RF modulator to convert the RGB or composite output into an RF signal which the TV tuner can receive. Alternatively you can connect to a TV via a composite video or SCART input if you make your own lead.
The Caller Display and Teletext systems are easy to install and set up and they work together automatically. Connecting the output to all of the TV sets in a house is fairly straightforward but it may require some DIY to lay the necessary cables.
The system will work on most Acorn RISC OS computer including the Risc PC, A7000, A5000, A400 and A300. The Teletext Card plugs into a full-size expansion card slot and the Caller Display unit connects to the serial port.
ComponentsYou can either buy the TeleButler system as a complete pack, or build it up piece by piece. As well as getting the TeleButler Home Information System the individual components are also very useful in their own right.
The TeleButler System comprises:
There are a few options concerning the setting up. The CC Teletext card is essential, but it is possible to usea Pace 56k Voice modem with Caller Display software (available from Octopus Systems) instead of the Caller Display unit. This is useful if you only have one serial port and want a fast modem too, but the Pace modem cannot detect outgoing calls dialled on a telephone like the Caller Display unit can.
These prices include UK delivery and VAT at 17½%. All hardware has a a one year guarantee, and if you need any help, full technical support is available by phone, fax, post or email, and also from our support pages: TeleButler Support, Teletext+ Support, Caller Display Support.
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