THE ANALOG THING
Analog Paradigm

Analog Computing for the Future

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THE ANALOG THING (THAT)

THE ANALOG THING (THAT) is a high-quality, low-cost, open-source, and not-for-profit cutting-edge analog computer.

THAT allows modeling dynamic systems with great speed, parallelism, and energy efficiency. Its use is intuitively interactive, experimental, and visual. It bridges the gap between hands-on practice and mathematical theory, integrating naturally with design and engineering practices such as speculative trial-and-error exploration and the use of scale models.

Dynamic system modeling on THAT can serve a variety of valuable purposes. It may help understand what is (models of), or it may help bring about what should be (models for). It may be used to explain in educational settings, to imitate in gaming, to predict in the natural sciences, to control in engineering, or it may be pursued for the pure joy of it!

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A DIFFERENT PARADIGM

Analog computing is one of three major computational paradigms (analog, digital and quantum). As digital computing approaches the limit of Moore's Law, analog computing offers a strategy to diversity today's digital monoculture. Analog computing is:

  • ideally suited for dynamic systems modeling
  • ideally suited for neuromorphic AI applications
  • significantly more energy-efficient than digital computing
  • inherently safer than digital computing in the face of cyber threats

FEATURE OVERVIEW

THE ANALOG THING is designed to allow an extensive range of analog computing applications with a small set of calculating elements.

5 INTEGRATORS

Circuits that perform integration over time.

4 SUMMERS

Circuits that add inputs continously.

2 COMPARATORS

Circuits that compare inputs to support conditional functions.

MASTER / MINION PORTS

Interfaces that allow daisy-chaining mutiple THATs to create arbitrarily large programs.

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8 COEFFICIENT POTENTIOMETERS

Rotary knobs to provide user-defined inputs.

2 MULTIPLIERS

Circuits that multiply inputs continously.

PANEL METER

A digital panel meter for precision measurements of values and timing.

HYBRID PORT

An interface for controlling THAT digitally to develop analog-digital hybrid programs.

EDUCATIONAL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

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DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MODELING

With THE ANALOG THING, you can model dynamic systems including:

  • market economies
  • the spread and control of diseases
  • population dynamics
  • chemical reactions
  • mechanical systems
  • a variety of mathematical attractors

COLLATERAL LEARNING

As collateral learning benefits, THAT offers introductions to:

CALCULUS

Inseparably linked with rates of change and the accumulation of quantities, analog computing offers a practical approach to differential and integral calculus.

ANALOG CIRCUITS

With computing elements built around operational amplifiers, analog computing enables users to gain a hands-on understanding of analog circuits.

CONTROL ENGINEERING

Applicable in adaptive control systems, analog computing offers a practical introduction to control engineering.

 

AFFORDABLE PRICING

We are planning to make THE ANALOG THING available at a regular price point and with an educational discount.
Both price points will be offered on a not-for-profit basis.

Regular Unit Price

EUR299
  • including VAT/tax – plus shipping
  • For private and professional users.
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Educational Unit Price

EUR225
  • including VAT/tax – plus shipping
  • For students, teachers and educational institutions.
  • Proof of student status, educational employment or affiliation with an educational institution required.
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