A Mechanical Marble Computer

Matthias Wandel has developed a fantastic mechanical binary adding machine using a simple series of cascaded chutes to store numbers and perform carries through mechanical toggles. Don’t miss the video embedded below to see it in operations.

Marble Adder

Ingenious!

More details can be found on his web site: www.Woodgears.ca along with all manner of interesting contraptions.

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One response to “A Mechanical Marble Computer

  1. Marble Man

    Chips easy to make on the edges of countertop or vanity when taking dishes out from the dishwasher or accidentally swiping the edge. Also chipping can occur during stone fabrication or installation. Chipping more often happens in soft stones such as marble, onyx or limestone, than in granite.

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