Click on thumbnail pics in this post for full-size. Following up on yesterday's Boing Boing post
about the forthcoming Christie's auction "The Origins of Cyberspace," reader Mike Ransom
"One of the items in this auction is the Brainiac Electric Brain Kit, circa 1966 (aka Geniac in the U.S) Insulated wire, battery box, circular masonite multiple-switch disks, and brass jumpers. A kit to teach children the principles of electronic digital computing, designed by Edmund Berkeley, who worked on the Harvard Mark I and II computers.
"Here is a picture of me in 1967 with a Geniac, an analog computer, a Think-A-Dot, Digi-Comp I and Dr. Nim. I just posted it to the photo section of a Yahoo Group devoted to these early mechanical computers: Link.
"Almost 40 years later, I only have the Digi-Comp I and the one on which I'm typing this note."
Above: a photo of the Brainiac kit.
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