EKDuncan - My Fanciful Muse: Spanish Paper Theater Images Part 1 - Paluzie, Barcelona

Today I continue my series on Toy Theaters and Paper Theater images by exploring some of the vintage images that were produced in Barcelo.

Posographe, an analog mechanical computer for calculating exposure time

life: “ This might be the most amazing light measuring device we’ve seen. Freakyfauna explains: “ Kaufmann’s Posographe. An instrument for calculating aperture and exposure time when taking.

This is a computer designed to compute and draw fractal images. Can the output be any more beautiful than the machine itself?

Brent Thorne makes wooden computers. Brent Thorne makes wooden computers. Brent Thorne makes wooden computers.

This is a replica of the Antikythera Mechanism -- a Greek astronomical computer from the first century BC. Its precision and complexity of design are beyond astonishing.

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient analog computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and astrological purposes, as well as the Olympiads, the cycles of the ancient Olympic Games.

Mechanical Computer (All Parts) - Basic Mechanisms In Fire Control Computers.

Mechanical Computer (All Parts) - Basic Mechanisms In Fire Control Computers. Video explains several interesting mechanisms involving mechanical mathematical computation.

Arithmometer - the first commercial mechanical calculator

The Arithmométre, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator, by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar, based on Leibniz's work, around but manufactured until 1915

Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism (by M. Wright & M. Vicentini)

Virtual model of the (still) mysterious Antikythera Mechanism by Mogi Vicentini based on the theoretical and mechanical model by Michael Wright.

DNA—Nature's Storage Medium

Storing Digital Data in DNA

Scientists have stored audio and text on fragments of DNA and then retrieved them with near-perfect fidelity—a technique that eventually may provide a way to handle the overwhelming data of the digital age.

Dad wants to teach kids about CPU and computer logic machine. Ends up building mechanical analogy with a control unit, memory registers, buses and functioning clock

Dad wants to teach kids about CPU and computer logic machine. Ends up building mechanical analogy with a control unit, memory registers, buses and functioning clock

Kelvin's Harmonic Analyser    Lord Kelvin used calculating machines to predict tides in harbors—critical for an island nation! Integrators enabled him to solve differential equations, but their limited torque curtailed the machine’s utility.

Kelvin's Harmonic Analyser Lord Kelvin used calculating machines to predict tides in harbors—critical for an island nation! Integrators enabled him to solve differential equations, but their limited torque curtailed the machine’s utility.

1 | A Mechanical Maze Traps You In, By Rearranging Itself | Nova Jiang 'Landscape Abbreviated'

A Mechanical Maze Traps You In, By Rearranging Itself

Artist Nova Jiang has crafted an anything-but-typical garden maze with her incredible indoor Wave Hill installation called Landscape Abbreviated

Computational Devices of the Past Were Beautifully Complex  This image, taken by San Francisco-based photographer Kevin Twome, shows a German-built Hamann 505 mechanical calculator from the 1960s. In its day, it sold for sold for upwards of £650—that’s over £4,400 at today’s rates. OK, so there’s a limited amount you can actually get done with such a device, but the craftsmanship, engineering and sheer complexity of the 505 is astounding.

Revealing Layers of Complex Antique Machines - San Francisco-based photographer Kevin Twomey

Building A Working Plotter Made Out Of Cardboard And Glue | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

Building A Working Plotter Made Out Of Cardboard And Glue

Early wearable computer: Qing Dynasty abacus ring.

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A couple of years before Casio calculator watches were cool: behold the Qing Dynasty abacus ring

Links to a handsome site of mostly 1920s calculators. This particular machine is a Walther from Berlin.

Links to a handsome site of mostly calculators. This particular machine is a Walther from Berlin.

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