|Re: New HP scientifc calculator|
Message #12 Posted by Jim Horn on 31 Oct 2012, 1:16 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Matt Agajanian
Hmmm - the current market is awash in very inexpensive but powerful scientific calculators, especially from Casio and TI (I've even seen generic ones for US$1 in a "Dollar Store"). Obviously the margins are low and retailer display space is limited. So to spend a large amount of development (design, tooling, etc.) money to break into that established market is risky at best.
HP can either abandon the market altogether or work its way back in by leveraging the work of OEMs as they have for decades (anyone remember the Epson MX-80 dot matrix printer as an HP-IL peripheral 30 years ago?). I for one am glad to see them at least try. New higher end machines like the 39gII prove they're not giving up there, either, even if Tim and company are doing so with limited resources.
As far as RPN vs. algebraic: RPN is by *far* my preferred interaction for many reasons. But the reason it exists was that it was easier to impliment with extremely limited hardware in 1970. Marketing it as a feature is classic HP. Since schools universally teach written math and teach using calculators that understand things as written, it is no surprise that RPN is fading. Sad, and I mourn its fading, but not surprising.
I enjoyed my typewriter a lot (a treasured high school graduation gift) but don't see those in stores any more, either...
So, hooray again for the magnificent WP 34S team that keeps us RPN types equipped - and HP for the 50g, 12C, 15LE and others as well!