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Mechanical computer

Index Mechanical computer

A mechanical computer is built from mechanical components such as levers and gears, rather than electronic components. [1]

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The AN/APQ-7, or Eagle, was a radar bombsight system developed by the US Army Air Force.

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Analog computer

An analog computer or analogue computer is a form of computer that uses the continuously changeable aspects of physical phenomena such as electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic quantities to model the problem being solved.

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Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments

Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE) is a project to create a rover that uses Venus' harsh conditions to its advantage, controlled by a wind-powered mechanical computer.

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Ball-and-disk integrator

The ball-and-disk integrator is a key component of many advanced mechanical computers.

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Billiard-ball computer

A billiard-ball computer, a type of conservative logic circuit, is an idealized model of a reversible mechanical computer based on Newtonian dynamics, proposed in 1982 by Edward Fredkin and Tommaso Toffoli.

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A bombsight is a device used by military aircraft to accurately drop bombs.

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Central Air Data Computer

A Central Air Data Computer computes altitude, vertical speed, air speed, and mach number from sensor inputs such as pitot and static pressure and temperature.

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Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage (26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871) was an English polymath.

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Computation is any type of calculation that includes both arithmetical and non-arithmetical steps and follows a well-defined model, for example an algorithm.

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A computer is a device that can be instructed to carry out sequences of arithmetic or logical operations automatically via computer programming.

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Computing is any goal-oriented activity requiring, benefiting from, or creating computers.

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Digital electronic computer

In computer science, a digital electronic computer is a computer machine which is both an electronic computer and a digital computer.

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Digital electronics

Digital electronics or digital (electronic) circuits are electronics that operate on digital signals.

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Dither is an intentionally applied form of noise used to randomize quantization error, preventing large-scale patterns such as color banding in images.

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Domino computer

A domino computer is a mechanical computer built using dominoes to represent mechanical amplification or logic gating of digital signals.

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Floating-point arithmetic

In computing, floating-point arithmetic is arithmetic using formulaic representation of real numbers as an approximation so as to support a trade-off between range and precision.

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Gaspard de Prony

Baron Gaspard Clair François Marie Riche de Prony (22 July 1755 – 29 July 1839) was a French mathematician and engineer, who worked on hydraulics.

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Green Satin radar

Green Satin was a doppler radar system developed by the Royal Air Force as an air navigation aid.

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Gun laying

Gun laying is the process of aiming an artillery piece, such as a gun, howitzer or mortar, on land or at sea, against surface or air targets.

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H2S (radar)

H2S was the first airborne, ground scanning radar system.

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Harwell computer

The Harwell computer, later known as the Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell (WITCH), or the Harwell Dekatron Computer, is an early British relay-based computer of the 1950s.

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Height finder

A height finder is a ground-based aircraft altitude measuring device.

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History of computing hardware

The history of computing hardware covers the developments from early simple devices to aid calculation to modern day computers.

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History of engineering

The concept of engineering has existed since ancient times as humans devised fundamental inventions such as the pulley, lever, and wheel.

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History of numerical control

The history of numerical control (NC) began when the automation of machine tools first incorporated concepts of abstractly programmable logic, and it continues today with the ongoing evolution of computer numerical control (CNC) technology.

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HMS Neptune (1909)

HMS Neptune was a dreadnought battleship built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century, the sole ship of her class.

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The IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC) was an electromechanical computer built by IBM.

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Information Age

The Information Age (also known as the Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age) is a 21st century period in human history characterized by the rapid shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information technology.

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Leslie Comrie

Leslie John Comrie FRS (15 August 1893 – 11 December 1950) was an astronomer and a pioneer in mechanical computation.

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List of retronyms

This is a list of retronyms used in the English language – terms renamed after something similar but newer has come into being.

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Low Level Bombsight, Mark III

The Low Level Bombsight, Mark III, sometimes known as the Angular Velocity Sight, was a Royal Air Force (RAF) bombsight designed for attacks by aircraft flying below altitude.

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Mark XIV bomb sight

The Mark XIV Computing Bomb Sight was a bombsight developed by Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command during the Second World War.

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Mechanical calculator

A mechanical calculator, or calculating machine, is a mechanical device used to perform automatically the basic operations of arithmetic.

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Nanoelectromechanical relay

A nanoelectromechanical (NEM) relay is an electrically actuated switch that is built on the nanometer scale using semiconductor fabrication techniques.

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Norden bombsight

The Norden Mk.

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October 18

No description.

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Stabilized Automatic Bomb Sight

The Stabilized Automatic Bomb Sight, or SABS, was a Royal Air Force bombsight used in small numbers during World War II.

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Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

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Timeline of historic inventions

The timeline of historic inventions is a chronological list of particularly important or significant technological inventions and the people who created the inventions.

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Unconventional computing

Unconventional computing is computing by a wide range of new or unusual methods.

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Vacuum tube

In electronics, a vacuum tube, an electron tube, or just a tube (North America), or valve (Britain and some other regions) is a device that controls electric current between electrodes in an evacuated container.

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Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days.

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Vertigo (film)

Vertigo is a 1958 American film noir psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Voskhod Spacecraft "Globus" IMP navigation instrument

Globus IMP instruments were spacecraft navigation instruments used in Soviet and Russian manned spacecraft.

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Yves Le Prieur

Yves Paul Gaston Le Prieur (23 March 1885 – 1 June 1963) was an officer of the French Navy and an inventor.

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Z3 (computer)

The Z3 was a German electromechanical computer designed by Konrad Zuse.

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100 Greatest Britons

The 100 Greatest Britons was a television series broadcast by the BBC in 2002.

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