Computers are quite complicated and making sense of how their innards work is a hard feat for those who are looking for a way to understand the basics of programming. For as long as machines have been doing math, people have wondered how they accomplish this feat. However, it wasn’t until the release of a child’s educational toy called the Digi-Comp I in 1963 that people were able to get hands-on with virtual-environment learning. The Digi-Comp of yore was a simple box, with levers and knobs used to replicate the various Boolean algebraic calculations which computers would eventually run. But despite being made out of wood, it was still a functioning, mechanical digital computer sold in kit form, in 1963.

Thankfully, curiosity can never be satiated, especially not when the computer has evolved to hold the place of prominence it now does in our lives. To meet the needs of the curious, Evil Mad Scientist Labs are now crafting a new wooden version of its successor, tellingly titled the Digi-Comp II, which uses a pachinko-style marble-run to do the same yes/no math problems. Which is a good thing, especially for future programmers who failed their Boolean algebra classes.

The Digi-Comps are made to order and can be purchased through the Evil Mad Scientist Lab website.

Bonus! If you’re curious to see how this thing works, you can play around with an “online emulator” of the Digi-Comp II, too!

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