Well, after tallying up the results, we have a winner!
First, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who voted. It's a community project, so we need a solid base of features to stand and develop on. Without YOU, this project that started from an innocent IRC chat and forum post wouldn't have turned into a massive project that hopefully will bob along in the coming months. Remember, we need U in Comm_nity to make it work!
Anyway, let's get to the results: about 1-2 days ago, I counted all the votes in each website and poll, and tabled them inside OpenOffice.org Spreadsheet, which is basically an open source Excel, but not as good or as fun.
That said, it definitely wasn't hard to use, but one of my complaints was getting the charts and tables to an image. That was a PAIN to do, but I found a workflow for it:
1) Copy chart or table to OpenOffice.org Drawing.
2) Resize the page to fit it.
3) Export the entire thing as PDF - make sure to choose uncompressed. (Images, I think?)
4) Open up the PDF in GIMP, adjust any import settings (I didn't need to, but as always, mileage may vary), and then export as a PNG. (Or make any edits and then do so)
100% FOSS, with these steps. Not bad, eh?
Anyway, let's actually get to the results. Here's the graph, with separate bars for the websites:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1016340/OTZ80PollResults/GraphImageSeparated.pngHere's the combined (both websites in one bar):http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1016340/OTZ80PollResults/GraphImageCombined.pngHere's the final table: (click to enlarge)
Let's break it down:Wifi:
Obviously it's kind of a no no for Wifi for not just the community, but the testing guys probably don't like it either. Obviously, the verdict is no (no Wifi)
People love the port/cable size of headphones, and the fact that it's pretty common too. Yup, you guessed it: the verdict is 3.5mm
.SD card poll:
This was definitely a tough decision. People loved the idea... but had to deal with licensing alternatives, and cost/implementation, plus the uses for it. Well, unfortunately for SD card lovers, the verdict is no SD card slot
.Screen resolution poll:
This was quite an interesting poll. It's pretty hard to pick from 2, but this? Everyone had to pick from 4! Debates ensued, ranging from the processor's ability to handle such a screen, to having better features than the old TI-8x series. Obviously, no one chose the 96x64 screen again. In the end, there was a narrow lead for the winning feature - one that was just double of the old resolution. That's right - the verdict is 192x128
.Physical navigation poll:
Apparently no one liked the touchpad (and for good reason - it's so darned small!
). This final decision is old fashioned (so to speak). Obviously, the verdict is arrow keys
Battery itself is an interesting poll. It's pretty significant, since that's the thing that gets the gears running inside the calc. Everybody had split decisions inside this poll, but the winner? The verdict is an AA battery (rechargeable if possible)
This was also an interesting poll, but pretty obvious too. It pretty much decides how you type stuff in, like when making programs. Needless to say, we love sticking to old habits. The verdict is alpha lock
.Backlit screen poll:
This poll was pretty obvious. It's a pretty cool feature to have. The verdict is yes (have a backlit screen)
.Battery indicator light poll:
The idea itself kind of sounded shady a bit. It was an interesting idea, but as always, debates spurred questioning placement and usability. In the end, the verdict is no (no battery indicator light)
This was also another interesting poll. Cemetech was pretty sleepy when this was posted, since there was only one vote (out of all the options, just one
vote - what's up with that, Cemetech?). It basically asks "How do you want to connect your calc to the computer?" Some debates occurred with this one, but the final decision? The verdict is mini USB
Wow.... that was pretty interesting, wasn't it?
The next step in the process is getting a defined parts list that go together to implement these features. Threads/topics will be opened soon for those discussions.So for a quick roundup of features:
3.5 mm link cable/port
No SD card
AA battery (rechargeable if possible)
No battery indicator light
Mini USBFinal features (as in excluding the "nos"):- 3.5 mm link cable/port
- 192x128 screen
- Arrow keys for directional input
- AA battery (rechargeable if possible) for power
- Alpha lock for alphanumerical and symbol input
- Backlit screen for viewing in dark places
- Mini USB for file transfers between calc and PC (or calc to calc)
All the source files (including the spreadsheets, both in Excel and OpenDocument format) are located here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1016340/OTZ80PollResults/index.html
Again, thanks to everybody who voted!
Let's hope that this project doesn't become vaporware...
(And I'm being serious too! Hopefully it'll be like the Pandora, without the downfalls and failures...)