Dick Smith Wizzard (also known as Creativision, Funvision and Hanimex Rameses)

Manufacturer: Video Technology Ltd
Variants: Creativision, Funvision, Hanimex Rameses, VZ2000 (this may be a fake)
Release date: 1982
Rarity: Medium-High
Processor: 2 MHz   6502
RAM: 16 KB Dynamic RAM, 1 KB Static RAM, 2 KB system program
Graphics: 256 x 192 pixels, 28 columns x 24 rows of text, 16 colours 
Sound: 3 musical channels and one noise channel
Key features: Membrane keyboard integrated into joysticks.
Accessories: BASIC cartridge, "Moving" rubber keyboard, cassette player, IO Interface, 16 k memory expansion (yes, these were released in a small number in Australia).

 

Software: I have a selection of boxed cartridges for this, including the basic cartridge. A number of cassette programs were also released by Dick Smith Electronics.

Documentation: Advertising, instructions and technical documentation are in the collection. More coming soon.
Acquisition details: A number of sources. I am after the IO module and the memory expansion.
Status: I have a boxed main unit, boxed moving keyboard, boxed casette module, boxed BASIC cartridge and a number of boxed games.
Comments: The Wizzard was my first ever computer! It was also released as a number of variants known as the "Funvision" and "Rameses". Overseas it was known as the Creativision. Interestingly, a small number of Creativisions were imported into South Australia about the time Dick Smith Wizzard was available.

Most serious Wizzard users purchased the cassette module and moving keyboard, though the I/O Interface and Memory Expansion modules were also released in Australia (I had them as a kid).

I'm after the IO Interface and memory expansion modules so get in touch if you have either of them - john@pospisil.com.au

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Released and proposed peripherals
Here is an overview of the released and proposed peripherals (taken from the back of the cassette module box). Unreleased peripherals are marked in red. The diagram is also taken from the cassette module box.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD

Right now, for the price of an ordinary video game. THE DICK SMITH W1ZZARD offers you a fully functional home computer, with a wide range of low-cost, Plug-compatible units that can give your computer all the features of the most sophisticated, 'State-of-the-art' computer system. With a comprehensive range of software programs, and video games, THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD lets you put this computer system to full use, right in your own home ..: but this is only the beginning.

Computer technology is increasing by leaps and bounds and no matter how far or how wide that development goes, THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD is fully committed to developing low cost plug-compatible hardware and ready-to-run software to keep your system on the leading edge of new computer technology for many years to come.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD CASSETTE-STORAGE MODULE

Plug-compatible' THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD Expansion Unit allows for massive and permanent storage of programs and data on ordinary cassette tape by the user.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD SERIAL & PARALLEL I/O INTERFACE

This expansion module provides the user with a wide range of input and output facilities to drive devices such as Graphic Printer. Floppy Disc Drive and Telephone Interface.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD MEMORY EXPANSION MODULE

'Plug-compatible' unit command your computer to perform more program statement functions and give you instant access of 16K up to 64K Bytes of additional stored data, depending on your needs.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD FLOPPY DISC DRIVE

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD Floppy Disc Drive unit offers pages of typed data stored on each magnetic disc. ready for instant access.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD TELEPHONE INTERFACE 

Use the telephone lines to send high speed communication of text or graphics to other computer. anywhere in the world.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD GRAPHIC PRINTER

With character text reproduction and graphic capabilities, it can give you crisp. clean copies of anything you store or create with your THE DICK  SMITH WIZZARD Personal Computer.

THE DICK SMITH WIZZARD MOVING-KEY KEYBOARD 

A comprehensive keyboard for program input. Full-size moving-key at normal typewriter pitch give you tactile feedback.