In the heyday of analog computing, Vladimir Lukyanov designed an advanced computer that used water as the storage media. Various tubes, tanks, valves, pumps and sluices churned out solutions for the user based on variables such as changing tax rates or increasing money supply. From the Russian magazine Science and Life:Continue Reading
Bruce Parker, former Chief Scientist and eleven-year veteran of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, wrote this fascinating article in the September issue of Physics Today. It covers the technical history
of the science of tide prediction leading up to the beautiful mechanical computers developed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to quickly extrapolate recorded tide patterns into useful predictions, and goes on to explain how those computers were critical in planning the Normandy landings.
Now, I know there will be some die hard vinyl-philes out there prone to fussing about the lost connection of tactile feedback or the degree of skill required to match turntable beats. But lets face it, all practices evolve, music being no exception, and the Multi-Touch Light Table is such a thoughtfully conceived and artfully crafted piece of UI that even the analog evangelists won’t be able to deny its merits.Continue Reading
No matter how much I love the digital world, I’m an analog girl at heart, so these customizable notecards from Yellow Owl are right up my alley. Each card provides you with the LCD grid, and the set comes with the LCD alphabet cheat sheet plus a bright colored pencil. And what better way to […]Continue Reading
Jon Stanley writes in to share his latest project, the entirely analog Round Pong. Built to be played in a vintage Heathkit oscilloscope with a circular screen, he developed some tricky circuitry to generate the classic game using a circle generator.Continue Reading
From the Humans since 1982 design studio comes the Clock Clock – using 24 analog timepieces to form one big digital. Hrrm … the incredibly smooth hand movement, makes this one look a bit like a CG concept – even still, quite cool. A free font inspired by the piece is available on their site. […]Continue Reading
Groovypancakes posted this SX-150 hacked into total funtime awesomeness with touch contacts, “weird sound switch”, and the button mod we featured recently – Nice. And along with that comes the conveniently handy Atari Punk Console flashlight –Continue Reading