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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