#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, July 10th, 2013 12:03
Our friends at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories recently made a high quality reproduction of the Digi-Comp II, a binary digital rolling-ball mechanical computer from the 1960s. (Cory wrote about it here.) Today on their blog, the Evil Mad Scientists posted about Dr. Nim, a game from the creator of the original Digi-Comp II. Dr. NIM… READ THE REST
#2 By: Codepope, July 10th, 2013 13:32
Ah, but if you want something that actually computes with balls, why not try this from the 70s...
I remember it from when my father was doing an OU foundation course on technology. It probably laid the foundations for me playing with digital things too...
#3 By: BobKnetzger, July 10th, 2013 13:50
For those that wanted to play with gravity-powered marble loaded flip flop gates AND with other people there was Parker BRos "Avalanche" game.
#4 By: Jim Russell, July 10th, 2013 17:07
Yes! I had this! In 1966, I was 9 years old and totally fascinated by this toy.
#5 By: Steve Kimball, July 11th, 2013 03:13
I still have my Dr. Nim game. Purchased back in 1967 from Edmund Scientific. It's been languishing in a closet cabinet for the past four decades, so I really should either sell it or donate it to a museum one of these days. My best friend had the Digi-Comp 1 which seemed a bit more challenging after the novelty of Dr. Nim wore off.
#6 By: Gregory Bloom, July 12th, 2013 22:05
I want to see someone come out with a modern equivalent, to explain quantum computing.
#7 By: Mark Frauenfelder, July 15th, 2013 12:03
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