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postheadericon US Navy explains basic mechanical principles of a fire control computer — in 1953 (video)

Bits, bytes and silicon transistors? Boy, you have it good — back in 1953, state-of-the-art computers were made of gears, sprockets, chains and cams, and we trusted them to accurately wreck lives with ginormous naval guns. If you’re wondering how that could possibly work, you don’t have to go far — a series of seven videos after the break show you how it was done, and which might even ingratiate you with the grizzled old neighbor who desperately wants you off his lawn.

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US Navy explains basic mechanical principles of a fire control computer — in 1953 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Veho’s Mimi all-in-one HTPC controller attempts to be a gamepad, looks overwhelming

So you’ve done it. You’ve bought a top-of-the line computer and turned your once-scary basement into the home theater of your dreams. But, since the HTPC is well, a computer, you’re probably still using the age-old mouse and keyboard combo. Veho, a company that once claimed to have the world’s smallest camcorder, recently announced a device called the “Mimi wifi Keyboard & Air Mouse with game controller.” A long name indeed, but suitable considering the number of buttons found on this Xbox 360 gamepad lookalike. It’s got everything you’d expect in an all-in-one computer-controlling unit — including a motion sensor to control the mouse, separate buttons for left- and right-clicking and a range of around 33 feet. The controller is compatible with both Windows and Mac via a USB dongle, but the customizable buttons will only work on a Microsoft machine. If you’re ready to take computing and gaming, along with your dignity, to a whole new level, hit up the source link to drop around 150 bones (£90) for this hybrid gadget.

Veho’s Mimi all-in-one HTPC controller attempts to be a gamepad, looks overwhelming originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon webOS is coming to PCs later this year

HP’s decided to end its fireworks-rich presentation on a gorgeous bombshell: webOS is coming to PCs! The company says it’s thinking beyond today and intends to take webOS to “other connected devices, including printers, and some form factors you haven’t seen before.” Aside from the groundbreaking discovery that our next LaserJet might run the same code as the dashing new TouchPad, there are few specifics to be learned, but HP promises to share further details as the year goes on.

webOS is coming to PCs later this year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Feb 2011 14:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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