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

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09-01-2014, 08:10 AM
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Beatiful, thanks for sharing!
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09-04-2014, 02:09 AM
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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.
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09-04-2014, 10:56 AM
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It looks too bulky to carry around, so I'll keep my 50G. Smile

Thanks
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PS: Please post more 50G stuff :)
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09-04-2014, 03:30 PM
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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!
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09-04-2014, 03:36 PM
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(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
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09-24-2014, 07:18 PM
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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.
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10-23-2014, 08:25 PM
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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.
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