The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences noughts and crosses machines are regarded, by staff and public alike, as among the most popular and notorious interactives installed at the Museum over many years.
Since 1955, the Museum has evolved a number of noughts and crosses machines. These machines developed the game from being two dimensional to three dimensional, and from valve to solid state to microprocessor technology. The 1950s and 1960s machines were orginally displayed in the old Harris Street building. In 1988 these machines were set up and displayed in the 'Recollections' exhibition and remained there until 14 July 1997 when the exhibition was finally dismantled.
This particular interactive operated as a working exhibit in the 'Recollections' exhibition from 1988 until 1997. It uses microprocessor technology to compute all the possible outcomes and run the game. The circuit boards are mounted in an alloy frame and can be seen by the public providing a comparison when viewed with the MAAS's valve and solid state noughts and crosses machines. These devices illustrate the development of MAAS interactives design and adaption of new technologies to a specific application.
The interactive game of 0s and Xs performed by the machine is intended to demonstrate a level of 'machine intelligence'. The machine was also programmed to cheat to further hamanise the machine.
Each new interactive noughts and crosses machine has illustrated the application of a new technology to a task many people are familiar with.