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Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:42:24 pm »
2 weeks ago, we revealed you the existence of what was then the oldest TI-Nspire prototype: the TI-Phoenix 1 P1-EVT1 from january 2006.




The previous sentence is not exact anymore, as we've discovered an even older prototype, one of the greatest discoveries in my life if not the greatest.



Did you know that before the handhelds are available, TI engineers are working on development boards?
We had allready revealed you a Nspire ClickPad developement board from october-december 2006 in a previous news:


This development board was coming after the TI-Nspire CAS+ handhelds (september 2006) and before the TI-Nspire ClickPad handhelds prototypes (february 2007).



So today, thanks to Adriweb, we have photos from the TI-Phoenix 1 development board!!! :o


And of course, it comes before the TI-Phoenix 1 handheld. There are 2005 datestamps on the board! ;D
So you've just under your eyes the new oldest TI-Nspire prototype in the world!



An empty Nspire case with a CAS+ keypad is attached to the board:






Source: http://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8673 (full resolution photos are linked from the news)

More photos and information soon on TI-Planet! ;)
« Last Edit: January 16, 2012, 08:12:33 pm by critor »
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012, 07:44:24 pm »
Wow this is a great discovery!
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012, 07:47:15 pm »
The 'New' oldest prototype! Nice, That's cool! I'm interested in more on this
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 07:53:24 pm »
Cool. It's better then my calc. :P


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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 08:14:25 pm »
The hand belongs to Adriweb by the way. He touched it! :D
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012, 08:17:41 pm »
Some people go crazy over touching celebrities....we Omni-ans go crazy over touching calculators!!! :w00t:
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2012, 08:38:46 pm »
So this is the earlier thing than the Phoenix you mentioned once? Oh nice. So it doesn't even have a screen? Lol.

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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2012, 09:24:41 pm »
Woah, I didn't even have a graphing calculator back then...

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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2012, 09:30:03 pm »
Holy bejeezers even the 84+ was pretty new then... If TI starts working on amazing things that early, I wonder what they are working on now... TOUCHSCREEN? :O
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2012, 09:41:54 pm »
Touchscreen calcs would be pretty awesome.

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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2012, 09:43:13 pm »
I never was a fan of Touch Screens...I have problems with not feeling a button or key
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2012, 10:49:56 pm »
I wouldn't be surprised if the TI-Nspire development didn't start before the TI-84+ and 89 Titanium came out O.O

Maybe people complained at the lack of innovation from TI and they were actually reading ticalc.org comments back then, so they immediately started working on the Nspire series.
Holy bejeezers even the 84+ was pretty new then... If TI starts working on amazing things that early, I wonder what they are working on now... TOUCHSCREEN? :O
They did a few years ago, to compete against the Casio ClassPad and I believe an HP touchscreen calc project, but then TI cancelled it.

http://www.ticalc.org/archives/news/articles/14/141/141389.html
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2012, 03:07:54 am »
Very nice :D
I wonder how Adriweb got access to that ^^

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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2012, 03:16:28 am »
So this is the earlier thing than the Phoenix you mentioned once?

yes :)

Oh nice. So it doesn't even have a screen? Lol.

There is an LCD block, and a related connector.
It's just that the LCD panel is not attached.
But it was on the other development board in a corner - you can check above.

I assume the LCD panel goes here in the top left-hand corner too - there is a blank space.


Zoomed photos for you! :D

LCD connector:


LCD block:



Available in full resolution from the TI-Planet news:
http://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8673
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Re: Earliest TI-Nspire prototype discovery
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2012, 11:24:25 am »
Cool stuff guys! 8)