Computer Around the House

So, we talked about what is a computer. Powerpoint below:

What is a computer

Recall that we defined a computer as a device that accepts input, and processes it in some way to produce a result automatically. Your assignment is to find something other than a computer, smartphone, tablet, or video game console that adheres to that definition but isn’t something that before now you would have readily called a computer. If you can’t think of any such device in your home, feel free to venture beyond those four walls and pick any device with which you may be familiar.

In no more than 1 paragraph of 10 sentences, describe this device in detail. You may wish to consider questions such as:

  • What does the device look like?
  • What kind of data does it accept?
  • How does it process that data?
  • What is the result of that processing?

Conduct a little bit of research (formal or informal), and if you suspect others may be skeptical of your assertion that the device you chose is a computer, write persuasively so as to do your best to convince such individuals that you aren’t crazy and that you know what you’re talking about.

When you are done, please email me your submission to This assignment is due by end of class Thu Oct 6.


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