You’ve got to give Hi Tech Systems some credit for effort: to help their broadcast video controllers stand out at a recent industry expo, they put together the Comptometer, a Steampunk-styled console which, so the backstory goes, gives access to 1930s broadcast footage. The controller is full of nixie tubes, brass buttons and analog dials, and a rather loveable “test calibration” system made up of tiny clacking hammers.
Video demo after the cut
The Comptometer can hold up to decade’s worth of broadcasting, “provided we’re looking at the evening news, the late evening news and the King’s speech.” Best of all, inside the Bakelite and wood casing there’s a real controller that could be used with modern day broadcast equipment.
And the (make-believe) price? A mere 25 guineas, though sadly we’ve a feeling if you approach Hi Tech for one of your own, they may direct you to the rather more mundane designs of their regular catalog.