Category:
Technology

Abacus vs. Calculator

Nov 1946: In a contest of old vs. new technology, the abacus beat a calculator in a contest of speed in all categories (addition, subtraction, and division) except multiplication.

I'm assuming a modern computer should now be able to outperform an abacus, though I suppose it would depend on how quickly one can input the numbers.

More info: Abacus vs. the Electric Calculator

The Californian - Nov 11, 1946



Detroit Free Press - Nov 4, 1946

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 02, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Computers, 1940s

My Girlfriend in Walk

For those who would like to hold someone's hand as they walk around, but can't find anyone human who will oblige, engineers at Gifu University in Japan have invented the "My Girlfriend in Walk". It's a robotic hand covered in soft, skin-like gel that will grip your hand. Plus, it emits the scent of a woman's shampoo, and (through a smartphone app) can simulate the sounds of breathing and rustling clothes.

The inventors hope that it might help people who have been isolated due to the pandemic.

More info: SoraNews24



Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 08, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Love & Romance

All Things Fall

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 06, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Technology, Special Effects

Mystery Gadget 88

What's going on with these airplanes?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.



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Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 22, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Air Travel and Airlines, 1950s

The Techno-Chemical Receipt Book



This is one of those volumes you pack away for when civilization collapses, as it give the formulas for making from scratch glass, nitroglycerin, glue, and a thousand other handy things.

Read it here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 13, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Science, Technology, Books, Nineteenth Century

Hand Taser, 1935



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 21, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Inventions, Police and Other Law Enforcement, Technology, 1930s

Mystery Gadget 87



This device measures something. What?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 19, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1900s

Mystery Gadget 86



What's going on here?

Answer at the link, or beyond the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 01, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1930s

Accidental Prophets

From 1966.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 31, 2020 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Technology, Telephones, Zeitgeist, Advertising, Anomie, Exhaustion, and General Malaise

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