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Binary marble adding machine - Thomas Klemm - 08-31-2014 06:56 PM

Binary marble adding machine

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RE: Binary marble adding machine - Thomas Radtke - 09-01-2014 08:10 AM

Beatiful, thanks for sharing!


RE: Binary marble adding machine - Don Shepherd - 09-04-2014 02:09 AM

Thomas, that is a really neat machine, thanks for sharing this with us. I am tempted to ask my wife's father, who is an expert woodworker, to make one of these for me.


RE: Binary marble adding machine - CosmicTruth - 09-04-2014 10:56 AM

It looks too bulky to carry around, so I'll keep my 50G. Smile


RE: Binary marble adding machine - Jim Horn - 09-04-2014 03:30 PM

You can find all the details on how to make that one yourself in MAKE magazine (makezine.com) Vol 20. Fun magazine in general - I recommend it!


RE: Binary marble adding machine - everettr - 09-04-2014 03:36 PM

(09-04-2014 03:30 PM)Jim Horn Wrote:  You can find all the details on how to make that one yourself in MAKE magazine (makezine.com) Vol 20. Fun magazine in general - I recommend it!

+1 for MAKE magazine


RE: Binary marble adding machine - ColinJDenman - 09-24-2014 07:18 PM

So that's what was inside all those 74LS flip-flops and half adders.

I wonder if they could now make such a nano mechanism to count electrons in a similar manner. Sounds like a job for the IBM researchers to play with.


RE: Binary marble adding machine - Thomas Puettmann - 10-23-2014 08:25 PM

This marble adding machine was designed and built by Matthias Wandel some years ago. Already in the 1960s, John Thomas Godfrey invented two ingenious toys with ball flip-flops. Just search for Digicomp II and Dr Nim. The first person who had the idea to use rolling balls for a binary computer was no other than the inventor of the binary system himself, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, see http://history-computer.com/Dreamers/Leibniz.html.