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Technology Object of the Day – Modem

Posted on November 8, 2014 @ 11:57am by DonnaNo Comment

DUNUC 9354, instrument, Acoustic Coupler type TC301 (used as early form of modem) Two speakers into which telephone handset would be plugged to couple to another device. Computing Collection. An acoustic coupler is an interface device for coupling electrical signals by acoustical means — usually into and out of a telephone instrument. The link is…

Technology object of the day – Mini Computer

Posted on November 7, 2014 @ 5:35pm by DonnaNo Comment

DUNUC 3813, equipment, PDP12 Mini Computer, with original documents (parts list, circuit diagrams, etc). Psychology Collection. The PDP-12 Programmed Data Processor was the University of Dundee’s first minicomputer. It was a versatile digital computer with two operating modes. On the one hand, the PDP-12 was designed for interactive, real-time laboratory use with its built-in facilities for…

Technology Object of the Day – Banda Machine

Posted on November 6, 2014 @ 12:12pm by DonnaNo Comment

DUNUC 3487, equipment, Duplicator. Physiology Collection. Donated to Museum services in 1996 by the Department on Physiology & Anatomy, the Spirit Duplicator (or Banda Machine as it is known in the UK) was commonly used in schools, churches and other small organisations to copy documents. The term “spirit duplicator” refers to the alcohols which were…

Technology Object of the Day – Calculator

Posted on November 5, 2014 @ 2:12pm by DonnaNo Comment

DUNUC 3105, instrument, Brunsviga Nova calculator in leather case. Mathematics Collection. Donated to Museum Services in 1995. The Brunsviga Nova calculator, circa 1920, is entirely mechanical which is typical of computing equipment used in the mid-1920s. Unlike an adding machine which could just do sums, the calculator could also multiply and divide. This is a…

Technology Object of the Day – Viewmaster

Posted on November 4, 2014 @ 10:58am by DonnaNo Comment

DUNUC 10335, equipment, 9210 Viewmaster Stereomatic 500 with carrying case for use with Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy. Anatomy Collection. The Viewmaster Stereomatic 500 was donated to Museum Services by the Department of Physiology & Anatomy in 1993. It was created by Sawyer’s Inc in the early 1950s for use with View-Master reels which they…

Technology Object of the Day – Kymograph

Posted on November 3, 2014 @ 12:21pm by DonnaNo Comment

Kymograph DUNUC 4371, equipment, working part of Brodie-Starling Long Paper Kymograph Unit (used in Physiology, early 20th c.). Medical History Collection. A kymograph (which means ‘wave writer’) is a device that geographically records changes in position over time. The Kymograph consists of a revolving drum wrapped in paper and a stylus that moves back and…

Technology Object of the Day – Microscope

Posted on November 2, 2014 @ 8:55pm by DonnaNo Comment

  DUNUC 9160, instrument, Waterhouse Museum Microscope (for viewing multiple slides). Biological Sciences Collection. Donated to Museum Services in 2006. The microscope had been found in good condition hidden away in a cupboard by head of department in the College of Life Sciences Cathy Caudwell, and was thought to have been used in the early…

BYOB is coming!

Posted on October 15, 2014 @ 2:42pm by DonnaNo Comment
BYOB is coming!

NEoN Digital Arts Festival and Yuck n’ Yum present… Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) as part of the NEoN Finale Party Calling all VJs, film-makers, animators, visual artists, performance artists… LISTEN UP! On Saturday 8 November 2014, BYOB is coming to Dundee and we want YOU to be involved. That B stands for Beamer and…