Geniac, which is short for Genius Almost-Automatic Computer, is essentially an educational toy for young people. It can be assembled to play games, like tic-tac-toe, or solve arithmetic puzzles. There are 125 separate circuits for operating each "brain machine"2.
In 1955, Edmund Berkeley and Oliver Garfield began producing the first Geniacs. The partnership between Berkeley and Garfield did not last long. The two had disputes which culminated in a lawsuit. As a result, Garfield continued to sell his version of the product as the "Geniac" for a time, and Berkeley started selling his official version of the product as the "Brainiac"1. The Geniac model in our collection is one of the Oliver Garfield Co., Inc. models.
We also have the original documents that come with the kit. These include:
Information on Simple Electric Brain Machines and how to use them.
Machine to Compose Music
Symbolic Analysis of Relay Circuits
Geniac Study Guide
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