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« on: August 16, 2005, 03:41PM »
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Dick, I didn't know the dust cover came standard with the 6126. I find interesting that the one on Kurt's site doesn't have it either as well as the two units I saw from John's inventory. I have a parts list from Fidelity that lists them as optional but that may not apply to the 6126 I guess.

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I have a catalogue from Classic Chess & Games circa 1992/3 which prices the 6100 at $350 and the 6126 at $550 and they are giving away a dust cover with either free. The normal price of a dust cover is stated as $49 extra.

Why we didn't have the foresight to stockpile them at the time I shall never understand. 

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2005, 01:49PM »
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Ian,

You can actually see the Eyeball in action here:

www.ismenio.com/phantom_6126.html

I have videos you can download as well as pictures.

Dick, I didn't know the dust cover came standard with the 6126. I find interesting that the one on Kurt's site doesn't have it either as well as the two units I saw from John's inventory. I have a parts list from Fidelity that lists them as optional but that may not apply to the 6126 I guess.

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2005, 06:11AM »
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Ian

Here is a Fidelity Chesster Phantom Eyeball :-

http://www.schachcomputer.at/phantchess4.jpg

You can see the two "eyes" at the front. These are the green lights referred to by Dick. The motion sensor you can just about see below and between them.

For some reason I called the Phantom the 6110 right through the other post. It is of course Model 6100.

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2005, 04:57AM »
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Quote from: drawmeister on August 16, 2005, 02:31AM   

Can anyone enlighten me on the following ?.

With regard to the Phantom:

What exactly is the 'eyeball' feature ?, i can't imagine it. I only ever saw a Phantom in action once and that was many years ago.

What is the styrofoam ?.

And what is an 'Eprom', i have heard this mentioned when talking about the Mephisto modules.

Thanks.

Ian.


Ian,

It is called "Eyeball" because there are two green lights on the front that turn on when the motion sensors detect motion.  They look like eyeballs.

I used to have a lot of fun with mine when I first got it and left it on in the living room.  I always have some chess set/computer there so my wife never suspected anything.  When she came into the room the Eyeball Phantom would wake up and say "Hey You!".  Then there would be a delay and it would say "Yes, You".  Then it would say "Do you want to play some chess?".  Depending on what the person did, ignore it or sit down to play chess, the Eyeball would say other things. 

The voice module is fairly extensive and it can be fun to leave it turned on when you play the Eyeball a game.  However, after awhile it will get to be a bit annoying if you take too long to decide on a move and it will say, "It's your move, you know".  If you wait longer it will get more and more aggressive. 

Whenever I am going to have somebody new coming over to play chess, I will set up the Phantom Eyeball so that it will greet him when he enters the room.

It is a lot of fun, but the fun will lessen quickly the longer you own it.  The Eyeball is a lot more expensive, these days, than the regular Phantom 6100 and really is not worth the premium price unless you plan on collecting these things.  As others have said, the Phantom 6100 is fairly common and can be found on eBay for as little as $300 or so if you are patient.  I paid about double that for one in January, and then paid the big bucks for the Eyeball in February.  Then I bought another 6100, just the board and no pieces, for $250 later. 

The dustcover is nice, but it was an option with the regular 6100 Phantom.  It did come standard with the Eyeball.

These things are a lot of fun, especially when you show them to friends.

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Quote from: drawmeister on August 16, 2005, 02:31AM   

Can anyone enlighten me on the following ?.

With regard to the Phantom:

What exactly is the 'eyeball' feature ?, i can't imagine it. I only ever saw a Phantom in action once and that was many years ago.

It is a built-in motion-detector! When it detects that somebody is walking by or moving in front of it, then he starts talking!

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What is the styrofoam ?.

This is the white soft package material (Styropor in german) that protects the computer (or other breakable devices)

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And what is an 'Eprom', i have heard this mentioned when talking about the Mephisto modules.

This is an integrated circuit, where the program is stored (similar to a harddisc in a PC). In most cases the EPROM can be replaced with another version or reprogrammed with an "Eprommer".


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Can anyone enlighten me on the following ?.

With regard to the Phantom:

What exactly is the 'eyeball' feature ?, i can't imagine it. I only ever saw a Phantom in action once and that was many years ago.

What is the styrofoam ?.

And what is an 'Eprom', i have heard this mentioned when talking about the Mephisto modules.

Thanks.

Ian.
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