Bookwheel: the multiple-tabbed browser of the XVIth Century


22 Responses to “Bookwheel: the multiple-tabbed browser of the XVIth Century”

  1. MrRocking says:

    What manner of wizardry is this?

  2. JIMWICh says:

    Middle Ages dude had like the equivalent of 12 or 14 Cinema Displays!

  3. SedanChair says:

    Dammit, I put too many books on my bookwheel and now it turns too slow. But if I take the books off I’ll lose my place GAAHHH THE FUTURE SUCKS I NEED A BIGGER BOOKWHEEL ALREADY

    • cdh1971 says:

      Hmm…not sure if you’re joking…any reasonable gentleman would have a servant handy to operate the wheel.

      Perhaps you’re a young gentleman at University who cannot yet afford multiple full-time man-servants. (Touch the picture to enlarge the pic of my favourite, long-time manservant.)

  4. Just_Ok says:

    hmm, one each for ipad, iphone, macbook, other tablet, laptop, other laptop, other phone, car keys, microwave, coffee machine, baby changing station, crib, urinal

    perfect work @ home setup

  5. Tom says:

    Feels like prior art.

  6. George Michaelson says:

    isn’t this in ‘system of the world’ by Neal Stephenson?

  7. I love how pleased he looks, check me out with my bookwheel, I’m a fly mofo!

  8. tp1024 says:

    I think it was part of “The Confusion” … unfortunately my copy of that one is AWOL …

  9. mamayama says:

    For an amusing clip of a bookwheel in use, check out this clip from the 1973 Three Musketeers film:

  10. awjt says:

    OK, what?  This is a poor solution to a problem that still exists today.  Fast indexing, search, retrieval and curation of information, acting on a solo basis.  Why not a lower-tech solution?  Have a room with book stands laid out in an arc.  The user stands in the middle of the arc and can move from one to the next with a clipboard to write down results of the various searches.  No matter how you slice it, this is a serial problem.  With one brain and one pair of eyeballs, there is no parallelism here.

  11. Charles Richter says:

    There is a smaller version of one of these in the Theological Hall of the library of the Strahov Monastery in Prague.  In this photo, it’s on the lower right:

  12. Bob N Johnson says:

    My version of a gentleman’s heaven.

    George Vanderbilt’s Library

  13. CP-S says:

    Just hook it up to your Turnspit Dog and you’ll have the 18th c. equivalent of Cover Flow.

  14. Petzl says:

    If these become popular, you know it’s the next thing they’ll start placing restrictions on:
    “Passengers, please refrain from using your bookwheel during takeoff and landing.”

  15. oscarfalcon says:

    I actually think this is quite cool. It could be made today in a more stealthy way but come on, a rotating book case, Awesome.

  16. fight4paece says:

    I used to work in a factory where there was a large computerized wheel that held and dispensed parts in the maintenance shop. Also it reminds me of the motorized  rotating jewelry cases I have seen in some stores since I was a child.

  17. Erik Perera says:

    Angostino Ramelli is a largely ignored genius in the Da Vinci mode (from an engineering perspective) I have a wonderful collection of his designs that sits on a table in my place just to flick through occasionally and marvel.  The Various and Ingenious Machines of Angostino Ramelli

  18. Okay, I’m building myself one as soon as I gain sufficient knowledge in the trade.

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