Friday video: Apps drive TI calculator

Handheld calculators have pretty much been pushed aside, first by PCs running spreadsheets and then by mobile phones. Not any more. TI has fought back by creating an apps-driven handheld calculator for the scientific and education market. This calculator, billed as “not your father’s calculator,” sports a full-color LCD screen.

So what, you ask? The video shows how a student can load a photo, like of a spouting fountain, and then experiment with equations to describe the flow of water from the spout. The student can then overlay a graph of the equation to see if it matches nature. Cool!

The calculator also has an accessory cradle that accepts sensor probes, turning the calculator into a low-cost data-acquisition system. Very cool!

TI has succeeded in juicing a product concept from the 1970s and making it relevant, highly relevant, in the 21st century. Yet another proof point that apps now drive product design.

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About sleibson2

EDA360 Evangelist and Marketing Director at Cadence Design Systems (blog at https://eda360insider.wordpress.com/)
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