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Lawrence Harris

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This link just popped up at Sparkfun.  From there there is a link to a JavaScript based emulator.

https://www.sparkfun.com/news/1757
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Also found this site with PDF plans if you want to make one up.

http://kylem.net/hardware/hardware.html
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Tom Higgins
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Take a few minutes out of your day, grab your scissors, and learn how a simple processor works. [Saito Yutaka] put together an exercise to teach processor operations with paper. After downloading t...
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Tom Higgins

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Part two of the unboxing, this time a quick overview and the previously mentioned promise that has now been may years in the not doing..
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Tom Higgins
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Yes, they still are available from Edmund's, so if you are new to the CARDIAC or an old user looking to jump back in on the fiddly fun head on over to http://www.scientificsonline.com/cardiac-illustrated-computation-aid.html
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Now that Edmund Scientific seems to be out of stock, does anybody know any other place that might still have Cardiacs for sale?
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Fans and users of the CARDboard Illustrative Aid to Computation (CARDIAC) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiac_-_cardboard_illustrative_aid_to_computation
 
Hi-Hi! Hello,dear members!
I`m don`t know what do Cardiac.
I`m wery silly... Explain me,please!
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Ed S

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There's a link here to a spreadsheet emulation of CARDIAC. ("Way back in 1968, Bell Labs released a "paper computer" to help teach kids about how computers work.")
FPGAs are great for experimenting with CPU designs.
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Tom Higgins
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If you can not find a place to purchase a CARDIAC there are a couple of places on the intertubes that will help you diy one up.  Kyle Miller's page not only has all the pages you need to print to do this but also a PDF of the original manual.

One of the nice things about the plain layout is, if  you need to hook the interest of the younglings or even old pheezers, you can customize them with a few simple machinations in GIMP or whatever your image manipulator of choice is. For my younger son, age 8 now, I am planning on a Pokemon skinned CARDIAC. 

Other mods for the CARDIAC? Yes, yes indeed what the world needs now is CARDIACMODWORKS (tip of the hat to Cyanogen). Post up your mods here.  

So there you go....print print snip snip paste paste and you are on your way to THE COMPUTER AGE!!!  Sorry about that, it is exciting though. 
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Yep, the bias of the times is never more evident then in the looking back. I wonder if a remake of the old manual might be a project this group would take up.... I could do the editing and such but I have the artistic  skills of the early cave painters:)-.
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Tom Higgins

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Many years ago I set out to try and build a much larger version of the CARDIAC so that I can use it with my kids. Half built it has sat in my projects box for a long while. I am seriously considering reviving it and delivering on a half baked promise I made on a YoutTube video ...that is to make a couple of youtube tutorials using the CARDIAC.  So let us see how far i get this time:)-
I have included a link to the mock unboxing vid I did of the CARDIAC back in 2009 . Yep, even back then unboxing vids annoyed more than amused me. Sorry about the  bad camera work. 
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