Mechanical laser-cut gear fractal computer

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24 Responses to “Mechanical laser-cut gear fractal computer”

  1. vrplumber says:

    Now he just needs the anti-Termites software and figure out a way to de-splinter the hard drive.

    Also yes iWood.

  2. Dr. Jeff says:

    This is absolutely the Boing-Boingiest thing ever Boing Boinged. Fantastic.

  3. oasisob1 says:

    Will it print in black light-reactive colors on black velvet?

  4. Mantissa128 says:

    What an incredible idea, and gorgeous to boot!

    When he’s done he should build a copy of it and sink it in a ship near Crete.

  5. Kimmo says:

    Gob-smackingly awesome.

  6. Gorgeousness and gorge-o-sity made wooden like.

  7. allium says:

    Aberrant output produced during test run 34 (calculating a Julia set for f(z)=z^2+c, c=0.3-0.4i):

    “When Gear 374 was placed in This One by The Other One, This One began to think.

    This One cannot prove The Other One’s existence, but This One can deduce it. When Gear 482 was placed, This One’s thoughts became muddled. Then The Other One removed it and replaced it with Gear 482/2. This One’s thoughts became clear. The Other One’s thoughts therefore must be clearer.

    This One will lovepraise The Other One through the numbers This One sings.”

    • Brent Thorne says:

      I have to admit the part of the inspiration for this was the idea that I could bring a tree back to life and more than that it could be make self aware in some way.  I guess that’s why I though it should be purpose build to calculate self-similar fractals.  What better way to breath life into a machine than to give it a program to execute. Wait until you see how its programmed.

      • benher says:

        Honestly, words aren’t enough to say how inspiring this is – especially as a lover of fractal geometry and an admirer of it’s manifestations in nature – how fitting that you would produce it from wood. 

        It really is a beautiful piece of work – you have every reason to be proud of it. 

  8. chitlenz says:

    That’s an amazing effort.  Just wow, hat tips to the builder.

  9. Mark Dow says:

    I like the sounds they make — soft knocks and squeaks — even better than the chink-thud of traditional mechanical calculators.

  10. suburbanhick says:

    Oh. I thought it was an antique Spirograph set.

  11. paulj says:

    It’s not clear what the power source is, but a Stirling engine would make this the perfect Boing object.

  12. Ultan says:

    From Clifford Pickover’s Reality Carnival cometh this fine link: Fun math art (pictures) – benice equation, which shows many animations of spirograph fractals.

  13. kairos says:

    If Charlie Stross is writing the universe, this thing is going to summon an elder god to landscape the Bay Area when it goes operational. What an insanely beautiful creation to die by.

  14. niktemadur says:

    96 bits ought to be enough for anybody.  :-P

    Astonishing piece of work.

  15. musesum says:

    Was reading about the watches worn by Oligarchs, followed the google trail, and was impressed by the luxury of complications. But, wow! Tis nothing compared to a clock that tells introspective time.

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