Pneumatic Computing - Flop or Future?

Workshop exhibition organized by royrobotiks is a collection of projects exploring analogue computing using pneumatics:

Building a computer that works with air sounds probably a bit weird – but at the same time the idea is not really so far off. There exists many types of pneumatic valves with logic properties and it should not be too complicated to construct entirely pneumatic systems which can perform logic operations and calculations – without the need for electricity. However, making a pneumatic ‘computer’ out of such valves which runs an actual operating system like Windows 95 would be still quite a challenge, but that was also not the aim of the workshop. Instead, we wanted to explore how we could use air for building computer-like and computer-inspired components. We wanted to also see if we can connect some of the components in order to make a larger (or more complicated) pneumatic machine.

As workshop materials we used some industrial pneumatic components and lots of common, affordable objects which one can find in a regular mall: Balloons, camping and bicycle pumps, hair dryers, fans, flutes and whistles. On top of that I also brought some random stuff from our cellar  – we tend to accumulate and recycle all sorts of things, so the basement is quite a DIY paradise.

More Here

Inside your computer, there’s a little chip, and inside this little chip there are microscopic transistors. Long story short: the tinier these transistors, the mightier the machines. And now IBM Researchers have working samples that are a mere seven-nanometers. To give you a point of reference—it would take 10,000 of them to make up a strand of hair. Oh, and that pixel above? It’s way smaller than that, too. 

This is the Catch-22 that we’ve trapped today’s youth in. We’ve locked them indoors because we see the physical world as more dangerous than ever before, even though by almost every measure, we live in the safest society to date. We put unprecedented demands on our kids, maxing them out with structured activities, homework and heavy expectations. And then we’re surprised when they’re frazzled and strung out.
Celebrating the beauty of computing

The glass brain is a 3-D brain visualization application, developed at the University of California, San Francisco, that displays source and connectivity brain data based on real-time EEGs.

We use computers daily and frequently see beautifully computer-rendered images – whether of deep space or Buzz Lightyear – but we rarely step back to consider the simulation, modeling and visualization technologies behind these images.

Keep reading