frauenfelder — 2013-07-10T12:03:52-04:00 — #1
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
codepope — 2013-07-10T13:32:36-04:00 — #2
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...
bobknetzger — 2013-07-10T13:50:11-04:00 — #3
For those that wanted to play with gravity-powered marble loaded flip flop gates AND with other people there was Parker BRos "Avalanche" game.
bjimba — 2013-07-10T17:07:00-04:00 — #4
Yes! I had this! In 1966, I was 9 years old and totally fascinated by this toy.
speleothem — 2013-07-11T03:13:10-04:00 — #5
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.
gjbloom — 2013-07-12T22:05:42-04:00 — #6
I want to see someone come out with a modern equivalent, to explain quantum computing.
frauenfelder — 2013-07-15T12:03:51-04:00 — #7
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