Ancient Computer Resurrected from Legos

December 10, 2010

Ancient Computer Resurrected from Legos

The Antikythera Mechanism in Lego, a video by Small Mammal, explains how Andrew Carol rebuilt a 2000-year-old analog computer out of Legos and how it works.

Design, video, computer, lego, clock

Design, video, computer, lego, clock


The Antikythera Mechanism in Lego from Small Mammal on Vimeo.

The computer uses 1500 lego parts and 110 plastic gears to predict the year, date, and time of future solar and lunar eclipses accurately to within two hours. The prototype design and building process took 30 days.

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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