Texas Instruments - The PET Project


During my last trip to Dallas, TX the Datamath Calculator Museum received some exciting calculator prototypes from Texas Instruments. I documented them already, just follow this link:




Now I understand better what you told me at HHC2007 about the prototypes that made you really wish you had them. The models looks nice. I feel that the general designs still have potential ... as long as they have a USB port and/or and SD card reader.



When a calculator gets down to essentially having no dedicated keys like this, what's the point in having a dedicated hardware platform any more?
Might as well use a PDA or iPhone etc, and spend the design effort where it belongs - on the the software.



That's why they cancelled it.
The one at the lower right position had even a MP3 player integrated ;-))



That's why they cancelled it.
The one at the lower right position had even a MP3 player integrated

When did they start development on this?
I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time.

I suppose the one advantage of doing your own hardware platform is that you own it and can control it. If you have to rely on say a particular Palm or Pocket PC platform then you are somewhat at the mercy of the rather fickle consumer market, with product lifetimes measured in months, not years.


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  FRAM71 Project aj04062 1 911 11-25-2013, 01:59 PM
Last Post: Hans Brueggemann
  [HP-PRIME] QPI project CompSystems 0 667 10-09-2013, 02:51 PM
Last Post: CompSystems
  RPN-1200 Project Benoit Maag 0 651 08-25-2013, 01:05 AM
Last Post: Benoit Maag
  What do you think of this project??? Pierre 1 850 11-21-2012, 06:58 PM
Last Post: Eddie W. Shore
  The next Texas Instruments graphing calculator ! Mic 10 2,283 11-16-2012, 08:47 PM
Last Post: bluesun08
  TI 2550III project, help me I can help you. watchdoctor 2 1,129 10-19-2012, 10:13 PM
Last Post: Joerg Woerner
  neat project for the HP48 Han 5 1,472 09-25-2012, 04:58 PM
Last Post: Han
  What do you think of this project??? Namir 10 2,081 09-16-2012, 03:56 PM
Last Post: Eddie W. Shore
  WP-34s: Project donation page W. Bruce Maguire II 5 1,459 04-26-2012, 07:01 PM
Last Post: Geoff Quickfall
  USB-41 Module, project status update. Diego Diaz 8 2,057 04-06-2012, 10:17 AM
Last Post: Diego Diaz

Forum Jump: