Mechanical & paper computers

A 1950’s US Navy training film about mechanical computers and their use in gun aiming on ships, split into 7 parts on YouTube, starts with: Mechanical computer part 1

It’s fascinating stuff, showing how cams, gears, differentials and all kinds of other mechanical contraptions can be used in making calculations.

via Make

And using office supplies…

Want to get even more low-tech? How about a paper Nuclear Bomb Effects Computer – Build Your Own Nuclear Bomb Effects Computer

Written by , Sunday 13th March 2011


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