About the MakerLisp Machine

A Maker Machine with Vintage Software Style

The MakerLisp Machine is a portable, modular computer system,  designed to recapture the feel of classic computing, with modern hardware. The CPU is a Zilog eZ80 running at 50 MHz, which supports up to 16 MB of zero wait state RAM. The system software is 'MakerLisp', a 'Lisp on Bare Metal' system that allows direct access to system hardware, while providing the concise expressive power of a functionally complete Lisp environment. The machine is also an ideal platform for an extended CP/M. A full system configuration is pictured above, with CPU, expansion board, USB keyboard, and VGA display, in the laser-cut wood 'MakerStation' enclosure.

>>> NEWS <<<

8/21/2019: CP/M 2.2 is ported and released for the MakerLisp Machine ! Download the release notes and archive.

8/3, 8/4/2019: The MakerLisp Machine was at the Vintage Computer Festival West, in Mountain View, Ca:


7/16,7/17/2019: I was in Gouda, NL, for the Nuttx 2019 International Nuttx Workshop:


Nuttx is a Unix-like, real-time embedded OS, which has a great following, including makers of robotic vehicles. Nuttx has booted and run on the MakerLisp Machine, a supported port will be available soon !

6/20/2019: I was just in Chicago, at the Chicago Functional Programming meetup !


6/14/2019: Max Maxfield at EEWeb wrote a nice overview of the project: https://www.eeweb.com/profile/max-maxfield/articles/makerlisp-boasts-lisp-and-cp-m-for-makers-and-embedded-designers

Thanks Max !

5/24/2019: We're now live on Tindie ! You can buy from Tindie, from our Buy page ! Click through and check it out !

5/18/2019: Great Hackaday / Tindie meetup Saturday night after a day at the Bay Area Maker Faire, showed the machine, and met so many great people sharing their cool projects: 


5/1/2019: Playing games on the MakerLisp Machine ! Steve Losh manifested this awesome retro-recreation for the Lisp Game Jam 2019, using MakerLisp and the Makerlisp Machine !


4/22/2019: Pre-orders have been filled, products are in stock and available for sale ! MakerLisp is officially released, please check the Download page for the latest source and release notes, and the Buy page for  information on products, prices, and ordering !

4/12/2019: Really fun talk and meeting with the LispNYC meetup group, made some new friends, got lots of good ideas and feedback on ways to make the project better. Thank you all !


3/23/2019-3/24/2019: Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/

was awesome, I met so many interesting people, who really respond to the vintage vibe !

2/2/2019: I had a great time meeting everyone at the Bay Area Lisp & Scheme User's Group, on Saturday, February 2nd. Thank you ! 


This talk is a little dense but if you're interested, there's a bunch of information about the machine and the MakerLisp software system.


Demonstration Videos

Maker Lesson

A Lisp Machine for Makers

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