|Re: New hp device|
Message #8 Posted by Howard Owen on 9 Mar 2006, 4:59 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Zaff
So the "invention" here is a minimalist keyboard and manual, implying radical simplicity in design and use. It's not my cup of tea, complexity junkie that I am, but I must say the idea strikes me as a marketplace winner. I believe that HP surrendered control of the scientific calculator market when they made the switch to RPL. The increased complexity of those models, particularly when compared to the easier to use TIs of the day, condemned them to niche status.
I know I'm, um, over-simplifying a, er, complex issue with this analysis. But I still believe something along the lines of this machine could steal significant share from TI in the high-school market, if not at the universities.
TI hasn't done much innovation in their user interface in quite a while. The complacency of a secure market leader can be the best hope of a would-be usurper. It would also be amusing to see a behemoth like today's HP play the role of the agile upstart, or start-up or something like that. 8)