|Convergence Dream Machine|
Message #1 Posted by anetzer on 9 Apr 2013, 3:26 p.m.
Just a few things that keep me thinking:
1 The HP-41, especially its form factor, its rich connectivity and configurability and the legendary quality of its hardware engineering still make it the cornerstone of all thinking about the ideal calculator. But it is dated. Even a 41CL will have inherent limitations, when you compare it to some of the following...
2. Emulator solutions - especially the rich, fast, well-balanced and even CAS-capable
i41CX+ on an iPad are very attractive. They combine input and output options with a form factor, that reminds of the 97c. well but this reminds of the technical possibilities of the 97s. The worst problme with any emulator: the keyboard is pathetic. nothing compares to a classic hp keyboard
3. The WP-34s , a machine that opens up the horizon on modern processors, os-flashing and user definability down to the foundations. And there were darn fast emulators from the very beginning.
4. The RPL - family. Just mentioning it. The only one I ever touched was the HP-28c and as I am neither technician nor programmer I just never really got it. Too much of an amateur imprinting of Focal , I fear.
5. The Casio fx-CP400. I can't judge their quality. I don't know how this much more Mathematica-like concept lives up to problem solving in real life. But that screen/keyboard ratio and the graphical interface show, where I always would have wanted the HP to go...
6. Wolfram Alpha, especially as an App on a tablet. I don't think, this can be ignored, when talking about the calculator of the future. I don't want a machine, that has to be online all the time, but this is what I use when I'm doing math and science homework with my children.
The bottom Line:
a. Give me a fast, reliable and community-aware engine like the WP-34s,
b. give me the flexibility of running it off my phone and on my tablet
c. which solves the issue of portability, screen real estate and touch interaction on the fly,
d. integrate it with Wolfram, if I'm online AND
e. connect it with an optional, rock solid, rugged, HP-quality calculator keyboard that may be connected physically or via bluetooth.
f. and for the laboratory guys out there: add an option to gather data via probes, sensors, interfaces...
Is this so far fetched? I mean: It's all out there and possibly it just calls for a team of talented girls and boys to throw it all together. It might even sell: Maths and Science won't die out...
Edited: 9 Apr 2013, 3:29 p.m.