A Former Future Nomad

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This is a picture of Steve Roberts, the "high-tech nomad," aboard his Winnebiko II in 1988. It couldn't be a more perfect distillation of his mantra: "art without engineering is dreaming; engineering without art is calculating."

Steve on this beautiful shot:

Thanks to Dan Burden for this image from the Deep Archives, taken during a 1988 photo session with him in Florida. I'm aboard the Winnebiko II, which used a hacked Radio Shack Model 100 in the console, along with a binary handlebar keyboard processed by a 68HC11. It also carried packet radio, operable while riding, a speech synthesizer, 20 watts of solar panels, 2-meter ham radio, and full touring gear. This was my favorite of the three bike versions.


Read the Gonzo Engineering manifesto or find out more at the Nomadic Research Labs. [Make]