The Internet Archive is counting on your love of math with new calculator emulators.
In a nutshell: The Internet Archive has added a new family of emulators to its ever-growing repository of obsolete technologies. Calculator Drawer is a new collection of simple and graphing calculators that have been emulated in MAME, a free and open source emulator first released in 1997. The adding machine range has an additional interactive graphics layer enabled by the MAME Artwork System so you can interact with them as if they were right in front of you.
Jason Scott from the Internet Archive delves into detail about how the MAME Artwork System works and how over 1,400 systems have already used it.
Calculator drawer currently consists of the following 14 machines:
- Hewlett-Packard 48G+
- Hewlett-Packard 48GX
- Hewlett-Packard 49G
- Hewlett-Packard 38G
- Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus
- Texas Instruments TI-73 Explorer
- Texas Instruments TI-81
- Texas Instruments TI-82
- Texas Instruments TI-85
- Texas Instruments TI-86
- Texas Instruments TI-89
- Texas Instruments TI-92
- Texas Instruments T.I. Voyager 200
- Number shredder VTech
Depending on your age, a graphing calculator, such as one of the examples above from Texas Instruments, could be essential for high school math classes in middle or high school. If my memory serves me, I mainly worked with TI-82. I never went too deep down the rabbit hole, but I remember other students working out all sorts of tricks on their calculators and even figuring out how to load games onto them.
collection accompanied by a bunch Operating Instructions for those who need a refresher on how to get the most out of them.
For those hankering after the real thing, Texas Instruments still sells some of the calculators listed above, including TI-73 Researcher and TI-84 Plus. Older models like the TI-82 are readily available on third party marketplaces like eBay for a fraction of what they were selling for when they were brand new.
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