Charles Babbage's DE No. 2 at the Computer History Museum

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This is a Gigapixel image of the Difference Engine No. 2 (DE2) located at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View (www.computerhistory.org). Charles Babbage designed the DE2 but it was never built in his lifetime. Over 100 years later a team at the London Science Museum led by Doron Swade built the first DE2. This particular machine, owned by Narhan Myhrvold, is one of the 2 in existence, the other being at the London Science Museum.
The image was stitched from 132 individual photographs using Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor. The photographs were taken on August 26th, 2010 by Joseph M. Joy as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Computer History Museum and Microsoft Research. Please contact the museum for more information.
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Date Created 2/9/2011
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K Over 1 year ago
wow, i had no idea it included a printer! very nicely done.
Bert Over 1 year ago
I just spent 20min examining every nook and cranny on this thing and still can't find the USB port for synching to my phone :)

Great work!
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
Awesome job.
douglas Over 1 year ago
The detail is amazing, we need to be able to integrate some video of this actually computing a result, must be impressive to watch in action. Thanks for sharing.
Joseph_Joy Over 1 year ago
Thanks for all the comments! Douglas: we are actually working on integrating panoramas, video, deep zoom, and other visualization technologies on a more comprehensive "exhibit" on the DE2, like the narratives in http://www.digitalnarratives.net. No ETA for that at this time - it's work in progress.
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