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Kosmos Logikus
05-01-2017, 08:01 PM
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(05-01-2017 01:51 PM)J-F Garnier Wrote:  Anyone owned a Kosmos Logikus in the late 60's begining of 70's?
The Kosmos Logikus was a computer toy (Spielcomputer) made of mechanical switches to solve simple logic equations.
It was also available in France under the name "Ordinatron 600" (Gégé), and in the US/Canada under the names "Kosmos Logix 0-600" (Logix) and "SF-5000 Computer" (Tandy).

I discovered the Logikus very recently. At almost the same time, there was a different product in France called "Ordinateur JR-01" , based on a similar mechanical principle. It was sold ready-to-use and was simpler to program using small plugs and less wiring. It was also more limited. I owned (and still have) this JR-01.
Both were based on a sum-of-product scheme. The Logikus had 10 inputs, 10 outputs and a flexible sum-of-product matrix whereas the JR-01 had 3 inputs only, 4 outputs and a fixed matrix of 7 products of the 3 inputs.

These products were not computers as such, since they had no memory and no sequential capability at all but they were good introductions to wired programmable (combinatory-only) logic.


I had a couple of them. One was from Kosmos, the other was a redo from Radio Shack. It had much more reliable connections than the Kosmos and used push buttons rather than slide switches. The program wiring diagrams were identical between the two. I liked the look of the Kosmos unit much better than the RS unit. To me, it looked more like a computer.

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Kosmos Logikus - J-F Garnier - 05-01-2017, 01:51 PM
RE: Kosmos Logikus - Maximilian Hohmann - 05-01-2017, 02:48 PM
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