Using chips creatively

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Joined Nov 23, 2011
In another thread thatoneguy said: 'The address encoders/decoders for bus lines are interesting and can be re-purposed for other stuff.' I'd really like to learn to think like this. To help, would you provide an example of using these sorts of chips for things other than their intended purpose?

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Joined Feb 19, 2009
Off the top of my head:

BEAM Robots

Use various logic ICs as "Neural Nets" or "NvNets" aka "Nervous Net"

An unstable setup where an external stimulus will cause behavior to change. The Logic IC's mostly aren't used in the traditional sense for which they were designed.

Also, building single or multip-phase analog Oscillators from NAND gates or inverters, etc.