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« on: August 05, 2010, 09:24:46 pm »
It seems that some people want to build a graphing calculator, so here we go...

A couple of things that will be used:**
- Linux, really powerful stuff there
- Color screen, with decent size
- Lots and lots of buttons!
- Sophisticated FOSS math core (existing ones, and/or ones we create)
- Easy to use GUI (NO geeky stuff, just simple math, apps, prgms, etc.)
- BeagleBoard XM (maybe, maybe not)

And of course, submitted to the testing guys for approval of use. ;)

Of course, this is all just imagination and dreaming (could be reality!!), but it's something worth thinking about.
Feel free to suggest other ideas and such. If anyone is good at hardware/C/ASM, that's a good plus. ;)

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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2010, 09:45:17 pm »
oh and lets not forget wifi! ^_^
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010, 09:53:49 pm »
and sound!

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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2010, 09:57:30 pm »
and a serious test mode so the testing gurus will accept this calc. ;) (Seriously, it's needed :P)

I'm surprised that no one has found one of the entries ironic, so I'll give a hint: self-competition. ;)
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2010, 10:10:10 pm »
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- Lots and lots of buttons!
- Easy to use GUI (NO geeky stuff, just simple math, apps, prgms, etc.)

quite ironic, eh?
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2010, 10:15:55 pm »
what do you call decent? a 30 inch screen would do, right?
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2010, 10:18:10 pm »
** Cookie for those who can find something wrong/ironic in my list!

- Lots and lots of buttons!
- Easy to use GUI (NO geeky stuff, just simple math, apps, prgms, etc.)

quite ironic, eh?
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Darn, I lost. :P

Anyway, that's actually incorrect, although it could be true if you looked at it in a different way. ;)
Do you see any names/things that you don't know? Look it up, do a bit of research, and then you'll see the irony.
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2010, 10:33:10 pm »
hmm.. no idea what a FOSS math core is, and I most definitely don't know what a BeagleBoard XM is either
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2010, 10:36:27 pm »
what do you call decent? a 30 inch screen would do, right?

Nah - something Nspire-y, but with a fast screen and color. :)
hmm.. no idea what a FOSS math core is, and I most definitely don't know what a BeagleBoard XM is either

FOSS = free and open source
I'll give you a hint: research term #2 (BeagleBoard XM) and you'll find out. ;)
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2010, 10:36:46 pm »
I actually think it's quite possible.  Anyone good with circuit boards?  Let's start with the screen, the memory, and the processor, along with simple usb support to upload programs, and a simple bootloader.  So far, so good?  We can do a simple 2 buttons for an A and B thing, an ON button, and four buttons for arrows.

So, who's good at PCBs and such?

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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2010, 10:37:44 pm »
touchscreen anyone? :D
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2010, 11:13:09 pm »
- BeagleBoard XM (maybe, maybe not)
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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2010, 11:15:54 pm »
what processor? keep it z80 for ASM compatibility or go ARM for more speed and Nspire compatibility?


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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2010, 11:21:00 pm »
There is a *ton* more ASM stuff out there.  Definitely z80.

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Re: Let's build our own calculator!
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2010, 11:28:08 pm »
That would be pretty cool if we did something like this or someone did.

Isn't there something like this over at Cemetech where one of the guys has been modifying TI calculators?
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