Commie tech wonders from the fabled east
The computer history section in Warsaw's Muzeum Techniki has everything you ever wanted, except the big fresnel lens. From Retro Thing:
the first transistor-based differential equation analyzer ... AKAT-1 is an analog computer. Back in the 1960s, this approach offered speed and acceptable accuracy without the complexity of digital logic.The result was a device that could solve relatively complex differential equations in real time, as long as you weren't after precise values. Alas, time has passed it by and it now leads a life of leisure...
[via Gadget Lab
and Retro Thing
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