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    CALCULATRON 9,999 - Deepspace Mechanic's adding machine v1.2

    A limited but working and very nicely built StarMade logic calculator.

    1. DeepspaceMechanic
      Allow me to introduce one of my latest and proudest creations, Calculatron 9,999 - my attempt at making a StarMade logic calculator.


      Fun-fact about the name: it's "CalculaTRON" because I feel like the commonly used "-tron" ending denotes machines with personalities, and the "9,999" part is a reference with a twist to the famous HAL-9000.



      PLEASE NOTE AT LEAST THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THE REST:
      • This is a calculator of a rudimentary design that can only perform addition with max 5-digit numbers (it was still hard enough to make, and this design can be easily expanded for more digits).
      • This system might malfunction in laggy conditions (please consider your environment before concluding that it "doesn't work").
      • Professionally or education-wise I have nothing to do with electronics or any other field relevant to this kind of engineering (so don't blame me too much if it falls short of standards) ;)
      • Even if you aren't very interested in StarMade logic, please give it a try if you have the time, and leave a comment in the reviews so that we can know that your calculations worked out correctly. - Thanks! (y)
      • If you are interested in StarMade logic and/or like to make YouTube reviews of impressive projects, I would really appreciate some help in popularizing this little machine by showcasing it.


      "DISCLAIMER":
      • I built this rudimentary calculator with near-zero formal education or private study in the field of I.T., electronics, cybernetics, or the likes.
      • Any example of sub-optimal efficiency, wasteful component economy or lack of functional elegance should be viewed in the light of the above fact.
      • I had to come up with all these solutions to the many sub-problems of making a calculator by myself, except for the seven-segment digits of the display, the number pad layout, and maybe a few other things.
      • I gave it some thought and am aware that mechanized addition is a much simpler problem to solve than mechanized subtraction, division or multiplication (it's very unlikely that I will ever try to build those into the future versions of this machine).
      • As any logic system with delayed signals, this calculator might malfunction in laggy conditions (please make sure to rule this out if it seems that the system has an error).


      PROJECT BACKGROUND:
      I never was exactly the typical nerd, never was especially inclined to the kind of thinking required in this kind of engineering, but one day, 4 years ago, I sat in an office, I think I had some daydreaming imagery flashing in at the time about possible ways in which the light sensors of digital cameras might work, than I took a glimpse at a desktop calculator, and some connection was recognized there between the two. I felt humbled after realizing that that cheap thingy made of some plastic and copper could do all that fancy arithmetics, and that there must have been a metric ton of clever thinking going on sometime in the past that made all this "tech magic" possible.

      Naturally, I couldn't go any further than a few superficial qualitative insights about what it might be doing in order to give quick, correct and comprehensible outputs as a reaction to intelligible inputs. Not knowing that much about logic gates and stuff, I messed around on paper for a few days, settling only the most trivial basics on an abstract level. Some time later I started thinking of concrete solutions, in terms of ancient electro-mechanical designs, with relay devices and such.

      Only then did I read a bit into the history of mechanized computation, which was inspiring, but humbling again. Of course it wasn't for me to re-invent this wheel. But then I got familiar with StarMade and its Logic system. From there it took around 2 years to give it a try and see how far I can get with the tools provided by this game. At first I just wanted to experiment with a 6-digit array of seven-segment displays to make a simple digital clock, but then I managed to figure out in a week's time how to make addition work.

      With the final logic refinements and completion of the casing it took a total of 2 weeks from spawning the core. And as one of the results I have much more respect for the good folks in electronics and I.T. than before.


      THE BASICS OF ITS OPERATION:
      To be continued.



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    Recent Updates

    1. Fixed a mis-connection in display digit 2.

    Recent Reviews

    1. darknassius
      darknassius
      5/5,
      Version: v1.2
      I do not know anything about logic (apart from putting a button that opens a door or turning off a light ^^) so I am very impressed by a creation like this ... great work ^^
      1. DeepspaceMechanic
        Author's Response
        Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! - I had to put all my 2 years of experience with StarMade logic into this project to make it work :)