Culture News Science Society, 28/11/2017

Computer Rarities Exhibition in Karazin University

The exhibition about computer technologies of the 1980s opened at Landau Center of Karazin Kharkiv National University this week.

First and foremost, the exposition will be interesting for gamers with about 20 years’ experience. One of the pieces is Sega CD 2, a supplement to the game console Sega Mega Drive by Sega Company. It was produced in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and North America. The device improved Mega Drive’s capabilities and added a number of important features, such as playing games recorded on a CD, listening to audio CDs and running CD + G discs.

Another interesting exhibit is Robik arithmetic logic device. It was produced by Rotor science-based enterprise in Cherkasy, Ukraine, from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. The device had no built-in memory. To save the program created on Robik, the user recorded it on a cassette or just wrote it down in the notebook.

The visitors have a chance to see Commodore 64 home computer with 64 KB of RAM. Fifteen million of these computers were sold during the model’s production. According to the Guinness World Records, Commodore 64 became the bestseller among existing computer models.

We’ve only told about a few pieces. It takes an hour to see the whole collection.

The exposition is organized in cooperation with Software and Computer Museum. It will run until December 3.

Reference: Landau Center was opened in January 2014 with the active support of the University’s Alumni Association, its teachers, and friends. For today, it’s the first and only university’s center of interactive science in Ukraine.

Text: Natalia Ivanova