Tag "Geniac"
Can you think faster than this Machine? (Mar, 1958)

Can you think faster than this Machine?

Be careful before you answer. GENIAC® the first electrical brain construction kit is equipped to play tic-tac-toe, cipher and encipher codes, convert from binary to decimal, reason in syllogisms, as well as add, subtract, multiply and divide. Specific problems in a variety of fields—actuarial, policy claim settlement, physics, etc., can be set up and solved with the components. Connections are solderless and are completely explained with templates in the manual. This covers 33 circuits and shows how new ones can be designed.

TOTS Try Toys / TV WHIZ KID (Aug, 1955)

TOTS Try Toys

Before trying to sell a new product toy maker Oliver Garfield (Toy Development Co.) tests child reactions to them.

Garfield and physicist Arthur Pinker-ton assemble Geniac, a toy electronic brain that flashes replies to queries.


Steve Allen, 13, with color TV he designed and built. Atherton, Calif., boy has been an electrical prodigy since the age of two.

Steve, whose color set was among first 100 in San Francisco area, made over $1000 last year repairing sets in his neighborhood.

GENIAC (Oct, 1958)


An interesting kit builds circuits that solve problems and play games.

“Electric brains” that work in much the same manner as giant computers can now be built quickly and cheaply by the novice using the new Geniac Construction Kit.

One of the most remarkable kits ever introduced to the public, the Geniac kit provides material and instructions for building 125 separate circuits for operating as many “brain machines.” Among the devices that may be built are logic machines for comparing and reasoning; cryptographic machines for coding and decoding; games such as tic-tac-toe and nim; arithmetic machines for both decimal and binary computations; puzzles such as “the space ship airlock,” “the fox, hen, corn, and hired man;” and miscellaneous devices such as a burglar alarm, an automatic oil furnace circuit, etc.