Z1 binary gate (replica)

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Date Introduced
1991
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 1 in x 6 in x 4 in
Manufacturer
Zuse, Konrad
Credit Line
Gift of Bernhard Tillmann
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
X1155.1994
Speed
5 s/add
Memory Type
Mechanical
Memory Size
64 words
Memory Width
22-bit

Konrad Zuse built this functioning replica of a binary gate used in his mechanical 1936 Z1 computer, which was inspired by the “Stabilbaukasten” construction toy. Zuse envisioned a mechanical system that linked and operated calculators automatically.