The K-Scope is based on a tide prediction machine, and the traditional Water Frame spinning device, but with the Flax replaced by laser, it spins light.
Reasoning that James Kay was an inventor reponding to the textile industry, we visted MOSI and explored the mechanics of the machines there, we imagined ourselves in his thougth patterns. We were immediately struck by a resonance between the Water Frame system of weighs and counter weights and Thomas's Tidal Prediction Machine. And so the idea of the K-Scope popped into our heads! The K-Scope like the tide predictor is an analogue computer. Data is mapped around the circumference of 3 wooden cams that each operate a lever with a pulley at the end. A wire runs round all the pulleys and in effect sums the movement of each pulley. Beautiful.