|Crowdfunding the Prime "engineering" firmware|
Message #1 Posted by Eelco Rouw on 27 Oct 2013, 7:55 a.m.
Yes, I am sorry to start a new Prime thread, knowing that a lot of people come for the "vintage" calculators. I have been a long time fan of HP calculators, owning a 32S, 28S, 49G, 35S and a 50G. Now I have bought the Prime and as I said earlier, I really like the ambition of the calculator.
I understand that HP bets on the educational market and I can appreciate that they try to please the engineers as well. From a strategic standpoint, I can understand that most effort will be spent in optimizing the educational part (algebraic, apps, exam mode etc.) and the remaining time the more "engineering" part (programmability, RPN, IO possibilities).
So I was thinking whether it is possible to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a specific engineering firmware (or features). I'd be happy to spend another $100 dollar or so to turn the prime's ambitions into reality and add some engineering features as well (such as HID device support for low cost interfacing etc.).
It would be great if engineers were stimulated to join in by HP's impressive heritage. The Prime's hardware is fantastic and provides a solid foundation for the most impressive calculator ever built. But also the potential of having a Matlab/Mathematica/Labview station in your shirt pocket (or trousers).
I've been dealing with kickstarter campaigns and find it exciting to support campaigns and see what people can do with little resources.