|Re: The HP 15C LE has little appeal to youngsters|
Message #20 Posted by nick lidakis on 27 Jan 2012, 5:25 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Michael de Estrada
The HP 15c LE has little appeal to youngsters because it costs too much as it's ugly.
More younger people than ever (females, too!) are active in tech hobbies. You don't have to browse the web forums for long t figure that out. Micro-controllers, ham radio, basic electronics, Arduino, Linux, the BSDs, etc., etc.
-Sparkfun electronics is doing brisk business, among others: Link: http://www.sparkfun.com/
-Arduio boards and shields are selling briskly.
-PFU/Fujitsu is doing brisk business selling their Happy Hacking Keyboard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hacking_Keyboard A minimalist keyboard with the Control key where it belongs. The kids love 'em. Freaking love 'em.
Ti is selling its Launchpad micro-controller and dev board combo for $4.30. Four dollars and thirty cents! Link:http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/MSP430_LaunchPad_%28MSP-EXP430G2%29
-Linux is humongously popular with the hip, tech kids. Debian, Slackware, Arch, etc., etc. They love their X terminals, love to trade super custom .Xdefault files, mutt .confs, etc. Love using minimalist window managers like awesome (http://awesome.naquadah.org/) and xmonad (http://xmonad.org/).
-Ham Radio has been doing quite well, too. After getting rid of the Morse code requirement, the ARRL is finding that many who get their license eventually get interested in Morse code *and* the new digital modes, like JT56B. Lot's of pics of young (again, females, too!)kids getting their licenses, talking to satellites, etc., in my monthly QST.
There's also a regular "tech" get together here in NYC. Hip guys and gals socialize while soldering. I forget the name of this regular event but it was featured in the New York Times.
So, RPN *could* have appeal to all these youngsters. But at an entry price of $99, I doubt it. Make an entry level RPN for $15, $20 or $25 bucks to whet the appetite. Marketing genius ain't required.