Artifact Details

Title

Spacepen for the PDP-1

Catalog Number

X164.83

Type

Physical object

Date

1970

Manufacturer

Harvard University, Division of Applied Sciences

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number Harvard

Dimensions

overall: 39.75 x 25 x 25

Description

This record contains one Spacepen for the PDP-1. It is composed of a wooden table attached to a metal rack with wheels on its bottom. It contains X, Y, and Z axes and a loose plastic board that was once attached to the top of the axes (?). There is a pen that lodges into a brass "inkwell", which is connected to a power supply, and both of these are attached to a brass Sonic Pen 3-channel preamp (EDC-223), which is attached to the entire machine. With the machine are various cables, one of which ends in a terminating board that has cables for X, Y, Z, and "trig"; the board connects to the PDP-1. There is also a box with 9 switches attached to one of this cables.

Category

I/O: pointing: lightpen

Credit

Gift of Richard I. Land

Lot Number

X164.83