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Building a Water-Based Computer

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Having previously tackled the “greedy” self-starting siphon, Steve Mould set out to build a water-based computer capable of adding simple numbers. To do this, he had to build logic gates capable of distinguishing concepts like AND and exclusive OR (XOR); the self-starting siphon was critical for this, diverting water down one output or another depending on the TRUE or FALSE result. With a series of water logic gates, he built a simple computer capable of adding numbers in binary. Check out the video to see it all in action! (Video and image credit: S. Mould)

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