K'Nex Mechanical Computer

Nearly understandable, this over 6-foot tall all-mechanical K'Nex computer makes the BS1 look like a Cray supercomputer!

"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso


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  • Heater.Heater. Posts: 20,362
    edited September 2017 Vote Up0Vote Down

    If I heard that correctly that is "only" 11 AND gates making a 1 bit full adder.

    Sadly he says he has run out of financing for the full 8 bit computer build.

    Charles Babbage must be rolling in his grave.

    I'm glad to see some mechanical logic that is more nuts that the binary divide by 4 counter we built out of 1 meter long pneumatic actuators and spool vales back in college circa 1980. Wish I had a video of that running, never since have I had mere bits put the fear of God into me!
  • Inspired by Minecraft and limited by reality :/
  • A mechanical version of the Big Brain?

    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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