It is now possible to control Meccano models from a computer. The requirements to do this are:
1. An electronic interface between computer and model. This will plug into a computer port such as a serial port, printer port, or a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port. It will convert computer messages into digital pulses for stepper motors, pulse width modulation pulses or variable DC voltages for electric motors. It will probably require its own external power supply for the contained electronics and to drive the motors.
2. A computer program to control the motors for correct sequencing, speed and direction.
Computer Equipment can be obtained through the following websites:
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