You may want to laugh at some of these lumpy devices but remember, the pioneers of
modern computing helped win wars and guided people on missions to the moon.
What they were able to achieve with limited resources and crude technology is simply astonishing.
Today's tech is so small it leaves us wondering where we can go from here. It's only a matter of time before our devices operate at a molecular level. Our only limitation is screen size and the need to use our fingers.
We're a long way from the hand-cracked computer engines of yesterday, some of which weighed upwards of 5 tons! Try slipping that into your pocket.
The only thing holding these amazing inventors back was the kit they had at their disposal. Ada Lovelace thought up the idea of programming back in 1842. It took another 100 years for the world to catch up with her. The first digital computer was left abandoned in a basement in 1937!
So the next time you switch on your smartphone, spare a thought for these cyberpunks and their magnificent clunking machines.