008 > Flexipede II !
Work-in-progess (1967)

008 > Flexipede II !

First off, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Dik Leatherdale for publishing the below in the Spring edition, (Issue 89) of Resurrection Magazine:

Myself, Professors David Duce and Bob Hopgood have ‘re-made’ The Flexipede, using the original punchcards.

I must add a thank you here to Dr. Victoria Marshall for all her help and for coming up with the idea in the first place.

Thanks also to Paul Hopgood for cleaning up the sound track.

  • You can watch the result here.
  • You can read all about the making of it here in a paper, (written by Prof. Hopgood).
  • A longer version of the paper that goes into more depth can be found here.
One of the punch cards from the original Flexipede program.

Below, you can access some of the manuals from the archive that were used.

Physical copies will be donated to Dr. Victoria Marshall at RAL on completion of this documentary project. These virtual versions were created by Prof. Hopgood.

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My contribution was mostly scanning punch cards and making cups of tea, although having access to my interviews with TP and his original notes c.1967 (above), did prove very useful.

Working with David and Bob has been an enlightening and humbling experience.

Re-creating ‘The Flexipede’ was not an easy task, even for the likes of the profs.

Their combined efforts shed new light on Tony Pritchett’s process.

Thank you David and Bob for showing a modern-day coding and animation audience what a huge achievement Tony Pritchett’s little film was.

For more information about Tony Pritchett’s work, please click here.

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