Message #1 Posted by Charles Bennett on 8 Apr 2000, 12:59 a.m.
It's time for the user community to design a real calculator for HP and present it for manufacture.
Here's what I want:
Clamshell case slightly smaller than HP28S and rotated 90 degrees.
entire left (top) side is a large lcd taking up most of the space on the lid
the bottom half is a keypad with a layout similar to Voyager, six rows by 12 columns. A large ENTER key at position 3, 1. An additional row of smaller soft menu keys closest to the top edge.
They keys are injection-molded and reminiscent of the HP 34C. Shift keys in yellow and blue labeled f and g. Alpha key labels are in black on the downslope of the keys, in querty format accessed with a black shift key marked with a greek alpha.
Most salient math features available on keycaps and with f- and g- shifts, including percentages, statistics, exponentials, trig, stats, object delims and STO, RCL, GTO, GSB, LBL, PSE, R/S, PGM, etc.
Keystroke and RPL programmable.
Runs on 4xAAA or 6V wall wart.
Compact flash slots on each side, IR window on the right RJ45 on the left. Uses stock digital camera memory for ROMs in the same form factor for memory expansion or aftermarket application software. Yes it has a tulip or other ethernet chip so that PC coms go via FTP.
Runs a StrongARM uP at ~200Mhz with a meg of internal ROM, 8 meg of internal flash.
Generally behaves like a blindingly fast 48GX with the added bennie of keystroke programming in 41CX/42S style.
CAS might be nice, contact manager, appointments and todos would be even better.
The damn thing is a Calculator with a couple of PDA features that geeks and gnurds might like. It is fully field programmable with outside assistance from a PC. It pretty-prints your RPL for editing.
Who wants to do a mock up of the art work?