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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.

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