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Author Topic: What is a kinotrope?  (Read 11285 times)
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« on: November 28, 2007, 06:12:34 am »

I have seen them referenced, but have no idea what it is.  Searches on wikipedia/google didn't really tell me anything...so i ask the good members of this forum, what is a kinotrope player?
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007, 06:56:13 am »

M. Mythdude,

Someone may correct me, but depending on where you saw the reference it probably refers to a device for public entertainment and information dissemination in the novel "The Difference Engine" by Mssrs. William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Some on this forum consider it the book by which all other steampunk fiction must be weighed. The kinotrope was a display of wooden widgets of undescribed  dimensions that by means of the machine rotated or were swapped out to act as pixels and display images and text. They are used in the novel in place of/in conjunction with stage theater, public lecture (i.e. powerpoint) and as a means of advertisement and news reports. The pieces of wood made a distinct clacking noise as they transitioned from one position to another lending the programmers that operated them the title "clackers". The kinotropes operated via a set of punchcards containing the program they should run. More than you wanted to know? You should pick up the book, it is pretty good IMHO.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Difference_Engine
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007, 06:59:07 am »

oh...so kind of like a steampunk age computerish thing?...I'm must pick up the book next time i have a chance, that shall further my steampunk education
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2007, 05:51:47 pm »

I haven't read the book (it's on my to-read list) , but I think these images will explain the concept quite well.

http://www.smoothware.com/danny/woodenmirror.html
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2007, 06:50:21 pm »

I haven't read the book (it's on my to-read list) , but I think these images will explain the concept quite well.

http://www.smoothware.com/danny/woodenmirror.html
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M. Zircher, I believe those illustrate the concept perfectly, those are amazing, have they been posted here before? Maybe I was asleep at the time. Thank you for posting those.

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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007, 07:55:08 pm »

It's more of a computer monitor rather than the computer itself.
I also heartily recommend the book. I feel like a re-read, but alas and alack, my copy has been lent to an order of nuns for their holiday readings (oh, the variety of my life Tongue)
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2007, 08:31:42 pm »

I must say that I have never seen the Wooden Mirror before. Wow, that was amazing. Now I just need to get myself one Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2007, 10:10:53 pm »

My thoughts exactly.
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2007, 03:13:44 am »

ok...thanks for clearing that up for me
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2007, 05:55:55 am »

One of my top five Russians; he qualifies purely on the credit of his fantastic death and his legendary footlong anatomical member which is pickled in a museum somewhere.

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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2007, 08:00:23 pm »

I believe London Victoria (Train) Station, still uses Kinotropes for announcing trains arrivals & departures.
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2007, 08:09:49 pm »

I haven't read the book (it's on my to-read list) , but I think these images will explain the concept quite well.

http://www.smoothware.com/danny/woodenmirror.html
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That guy is a genius. The peg mirror is quite fantastic as well.
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