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Looking through an old copy of Nintendo Power (Vol 36) I came across an article about the Workboy which at the time can be considered the I-Phone of the period with many small applications including calculator, record management, travel information etc.

The most noticeable part is the small keyboard attachment for data entry. There is an indication from the information that a PC connection can be made to download data.

I have never seen it released in the UK, if it was it is very rare. Anybody else come across this piece of equipment. The article has plenty of screenshots, and the keyboard is visible.

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Man, I remember really wanting one of these!

Quite glad it never came out now, it would have been a hell of a disappointment and waste of money in hindsight. Although at the time, I'm sure I would have convinced myself it was incredible.

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Thanks for info. Seeing the screenshots and keyboard, suggests that is more than a dummy prototype. If I was going to show a product to Nintendo, I am sure that something must have been available to test. I also like the thought of a version 2 as a word processor ! It is a shame it never came out, with the ability to interact through the keyboard could provide for some interesting text based games.

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It wasn't hardware based (i.e just a cart) but I do remember seeing some sort of organiser type package for the gameboy. I'd presume it was just a glorified address book with a calculator thrown in or something.

Berlitz made a range of organiser and translator carts for the GB. They were all crap.

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Im sure I remember seeing a film a few years ago about some AI that goes a bit mental and these guys with a kid go into the main building to take it down. At one stage of this game, the computer takes over every computer system except this one boy wacks out his gameboy and uses it to overide the system. I may be totally wrong but I wonder if he was using one of those mini keyboards in the side of it for the shoot.

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There actually is a keyboard peripheral (unofficial) for the GameBoy, though its purpose is slightly different.

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Crazy, I'd not heard of Little Sound DJ before. Some of the samples on their homepage are fairly incredible.

Fun tangent - the Firewire 400 connector (the standard, Mac-esque one rather than the mini-plug more common on PCs) was inspired by the original Gameboy link cable, on the basis that it was practically indestructable.

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