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Kosmos astro

Date of introduction:  1979 Display technology:  Fluorescent
New price:   Display size:  8
Size:  4.6" x 2.8" x 0.9"    
Weight:  3.7 ounces Serial No:  52075
Batteries:  2*AA  Date of manufacture:  Taiwan
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  mth 09 year 1979
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  TMS1470/MP1133
Memories:  1    
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Astro by Kosmos International, Inc. is the world's first hand-held astrological computer. Astro provides information based not only on the Sun like daily newspaper horoscopes but on the positions of three additional planets which have a major influence on the life: Mercury, Venus and Mars:

Sun symbolizes motivation, identity and goals
Mercury is the thinking function. It indicates the manner in which person 
communicates thoughts and perceptions.
Venus rules emotions and indicates a person's social values - who and 
what he likes and how he likes it.
Mars is action, defining drive and initiative.

The key features of the Astro include:

Natal Horoscope 
Astro gives the Zodiac positions of the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars on the date of birth 
for any person. With this information you can have instant insight into any individual's personality.
Astrological Compatibility 
Astro compares the personality traits of any two people for an indication of compatibility. 
Green lights appear when traits are similiar. Yellow lights appear when traits are different 
or in conflict.
Daily Horoscopes 
Astro computes the astrological conditions for any day - between date of birth and 
December 31, 1999 - and compares them with your astrological makeup. If conditions are 
agreeable to your personality, a green light will appear. Yellow lights indicate a difference 
between prevailing influences and your personal needs. 

RadioShack.jpg (36572 Byte)The Astro was the most advanced product in Kosmos line, the Kosmos 1, Kosmos 2, Bio-Line and this Astro. Even Radio Shack (a Tandy corporation company), a large US based store chain selling electronic products and parts, distributed the Astro in a slightly different design.

Indeed a very interesting product but one question immediately arises: Is there any relation to Texas Instruments ?  

Texas Instruments invented the microcomputer and introduced in the year 1974 with the TMS1000 the first commercial product. The TMS1001 was the first LSI MOS chip of the TMS1000 family used in the Texas Instruments SR-16 calculator. The chip contains a microcomputer complete with a program ROM having 1,024 eight-bit words; a temporary storage RAM; input (from keypad); output (to control keypad scan and LED display); and an oscillator (clock). Within the next month a lot of variants of the TMS1000 appeared, including display driver, higher memory capacity and more input/output connections.

This Astro astrological computer is just an application program of a TMS1470 microcomputer ! The ROM capacity was raised from 1k (TMS1000) words to 4k words, the RAM amount was doubled to 128*4 bits.


If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.