THE ANALOG THING
Newsletter #8 (June 16, 2022)
Welcome to the eighth newsletter on all things THAT (THE ANALOG THING).
Only a few months after its launch, the number of orders we receive for
THE ANALOG THING qualifies this device as an incredible success. While
few exact sales numbers are available for earlier table top analog computers
from the 1960s and 1970s, it should be safe to state that more THATs have
now been sold than even the most prolific models made by Telefunken and EAI.
With this popularity, THE ANALOG THING is now one of the most successful
and widespread analog computers ever! :-)
Production of Batch 1.5 is progressing – we are currently waiting for the
front panels to arrive, which should happen next week. If all goes according
to plan, we will start shipping orders from Batch 1.5 early next week.
Due to the currently limited availability of electronic components, Batch 2
will be delayed at least to August. Even simple things such as ESD
suppressor diodes are now hard to get, not to mention the quality of
operational amplifiers needed for THAT. We refuse to use inferior substitute
components and compromise product quality for the sake of meeting deadlines,
and wholeheartedly thank all future THAT owners for their patience and understanding!
New version of the the booklet
A new version of the booklet
accompanying each THAT in hard copy is now available. The moon lander circuit had an
error in the wiring diagram which has been corrected.
THE ANALOG THING at the GPN Karlsruhe
THE ANALOG THING was shown at the GPN (Gulaschprogrammiernacht)
in Karlsruhe in May 2022. The device attracted a lot of interest and numerous
people tried their hands at analog computing for the first time.
Analog Consultation Hour
The first two Analog Consultation Hours took place on the 22nd of May 2022 and
on the 05th of June 2022. We had about ten guests join each session and interesting
discussions. The emerging analog computing community is already working
on a really nice digital oscilloscope based on a Teensy Arduino with a
color display and X/Y-display capability as well as an improved multi-channel
data logger. Both projects are ideally suited for THE ANALOG THING.
The next Analog
Consultation Hour will take place on Sunday, the 19th of June 2022 at 6 PM,
Facebook THAT group
A lot has been going on in the THAT facebook group
Michael Koch's computation of a chirp (similiar to a gravitational wave) on two THATs
(Sankt Andreasberg Observatory)
Michael Koch's lunar lander simulation with analog meters for fuel
quantity, velocity, and altitude (Sankt Andreasberg Observatory)
Rob Jansen's XY display for THAT
- Many interesting discussions...
Recently, a four quadrant division circuit and a polynomial generator
were also posted to the Facebook group.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding THE ANALOG THING.
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