Collection: Compu-Dobby ®

In early 1982, AVL made a breakthrough. This time, the inspiration came from Silicon Valley, where personal computers were starting to make big headlines. We realized that the dobby mechanism is essentially a computer using 1s and 0s as inputs. In other words the harness is either up or down. From there we made the relatively easy jump substituting solenoids and electronics for wooden bars and pegs. Tim Trudel produced our first software, Generation II, for the Apple II computer. It featured 32K of memory, ran in black and white on cassette tape and was a sensation!

We’ve since had several software programs written for us from all over the world, including San Francisco, Syracuse, France and Oslo, Norway where our good friend and colleague, Bjørn Myhre (author of WeavePoint) resides. Our latest iteration, the Compu-Dobby IV, continues the tradition with surface mount electronics and multiple communication interfaces.

The Compu-Dobby 5 will be launching soon, but it's new capabilities are already on display with the K-Series loom. New features include a web browser based driver software (brand new for a Compu-Dobby) and digital control features for warp tension and auto-advance (ppi). The new generation of Compu-Dobby has already begun!

5 products
Compu-Dobby®
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$2,861.50
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$2,861.50
Serial to USB Adapter, High Speed for CD1-3
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$49.50
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$49.50
USB Cable, 10ft for Compu-Dobby
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$25.00
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$25.00
RS232 Serial Cable, 10ft
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$22.00
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$22.00
25M to 9F Serial Adapter for CD1
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$10.50
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$10.50