|Re: Next HP Calc?|
Message #15 Posted by Paul Brogger on 16 Mar 1999, 3:11 p.m.,
in response to message #14 by Marwan Joury
The HP-48G is, in fact, mostly empty space -- that big round back serves little purpose beyond smoothly fairing the battery compartment into the rest of the unit. One could, I would think, move the electrolytic capacitor and the coil (I think that's what it is) along with the batteries, and line 'em up in a long tube alongside the keyboard and display.
Also, moving some of the keys to either or both sides of the display could provide a more "square" or "horizontal" overall format (a` la HP-10C series). (Softkeys on the sides of the display might be cool -- select stack entries with the push of a button, vertical menus, etc.)
Thus, HP could simply reconfigure the HP-48G with, say, 1Mb of memory, a thinner case, and a different keyboard layout, and provide a substantially more "shirt-pocket-portable" calculator, with even more power than available at present. (And bring back VISIT!)