the Mattel Aquarius Home Computer System
1982 Mattel decided to enter the already crowded home
computer market with the Aquarius. The Aquarius was
intended to be a home computer and gaming system. Mattel
around the same time came out with a computer keyboard
attachment for their successful home entertainment system
the Intellivision. (I know very little of this keyboard
Aquarius features are the following:
- 4K (externally
expandable to 20K)
- A subset of
- Text mode - 40
character x 24 line
- Graphics mode --
80 x 72 pixels (claimed, may be higher)
- 49-keys with shift
and control keys
- 1 sound channel (3
with Mini Expander)
- For program
cartridges and Mini Expander Size: 13.5 x
6 x 2 inches
Hardware and Software
Expander - was an expansion system that made
(Released) game playing more exciting and easier.
Came with 2 detachable 6 key 16 position disk
hand controllers (similar to Intellivision
controllers but with 6 keys instead of 12 and no
side fire buttons). The unit added 2 additional
sound channels. Had two cartridge slots one for a
memory cartridge and the other for a program
Recorder - A sequential file medium cassette
player to store data and programs.
- 40 column thermal printer. 80 cps in
upper/lower case text and 20 graphic lines per
Baud Modem with originate/answer capability to
allow upload/download ability.
RAM Cartridge (Released) 16K RAM Cartridge
- allowed you to do graphics programming with
- is a 63 column by 255 row spread sheet=20
- is a database / word processing program.
Dungeons & Dragons Treasures of Tarmin
Released or Unconfirmed
Expansion Module - was a large expansion box that
had two floppy disk drives. It would allow you to
use floppies on the Aquarius and allow you to
Microsoft Basic - would give you most if not all
the remaining commands of MBasic. With this you
were also able to access the Mini Expanders
controllers to write games to use them.
From Heloise - Was to be a Question and answer
program with helpful hints for common household
questions. Heloise is an author of a popular
newspaper column and an authority on
Aquarius Public Domain?
Aquarius equipment/software Public Domain like the
Vectrex system? This I don't know yet. In 1984 Mattel was
reported to have sold the marketing rights to Radofin
Electronics the producer of the system. I am in the
process of trying to find out the status of the Aquarius.
If it is most software was on cartridges which means that
they would have to be burned into Eproms to use the them.
Unless someone was able to write a copy program and
transfer cartridges to tape/disk and be run from that
medium like the ADAM.
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