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The Whiffletree: A mechanical digital-to-analog converter

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Uploaded on Nov 7, 2010

Early calculating devices and computers used mechanical digital to
analogue converters. This video describes one based on an arrangement
of metal bars called a "whiffletree" - also sometimes called a
"whippletree." It shows, briefly, the whiffletree used in IBM's
revolutionary selectric typewriter and then illustrates the principles
of a whiffletree converter by showing the simplest one - one that
encodes digital impulses into two bits of information. (This videos is
an appendix to Bill Hammack's video about the operation of the
Selectric Typewriter.)

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