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TI Releases EZ-Spot TI-84 Pluses
Posted by Michael on 5 November 2004, 13:49 GMT

[EZ-Spot 84+]Texas Instruments has created a new line of calculators specifically designed to reduce thefts of school owned calculators. EZ-Spot Teacher Packs contain TI-84 Plus and TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculators with bright yellow cases. Each calculator also has a yellow slidecase with "school property" inscribed in capital letters. EZ-Spot calculators are sold only to instructional dealers and will cost over $1000 for a pack of ten TI-84+s.

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Re: TI Releases EZ-Spot TI-84 Pluses
ac  Account Info

Interesting...I was wondering when they were going to do something like this. I'd say this will make a lot of schools very happy, and a lot of kids very unhappy (no more free calcs).

It's too bad they're only doing this for 84+'s; most schools use 82's and would probably prefer that.

Reply to this comment    5 November 2004, 13:58 GMT

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Paul Houser Account Info
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Actually most schools use 83s ... but in my case they need to replace them all. I hope my school looks into these.

Reply to this comment    5 November 2004, 14:15 GMT

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JfG  Account Info
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How long till we see these calcs on Ebay ?

Reply to this comment    5 November 2004, 20:51 GMT

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Paul Houser Account Info
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TI should offer calculator stealing "enforcement" policies... where they look up and hunt down people who steal these calcs. Each calculator could have GPS devices installed, paint that rubs off on fingers, etc.

Reply to this comment    5 November 2004, 23:41 GMT

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Travis Evans Account Info

I'm sure that would be quite expensive, though. :)

Reply to this comment    6 November 2004, 07:56 GMT


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Paul Houser Account Info
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Cellular phones for the last half a decade have had a GPS device built in to track the phone...and some of these phones were rather inexpensive. I can see that a school would pay $120 for an 84 with a tracking device, as the original 83+ only cost $80.

Reply to this comment    6 November 2004, 14:06 GMT

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Michael Vincent  Account Info
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You're forgetting two things. The phones are well, phones. They already possess all the communications equipment to report their position.

Second, cell phones are heavily subsidized by providers. They'd be $200 if you didn't have to sign up for a contract.

Reply to this comment    6 November 2004, 14:36 GMT

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Travis Evans Account Info

Well, I meant the people they'd have to hire to actually "hunt down" and catch the calculator crooks, and all that stuff. :)

Reply to this comment    9 November 2004, 02:17 GMT


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anykey  Account Info

*Runs out of class and is immediately beaten down by the Ti-Police with cattle prods*
It wasn't me! I swear!!!!!

Reply to this comment    10 November 2004, 01:24 GMT

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nicklaszlo Account Info
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All celular phones can be tracked by two directional celular recievers. No GPS necessary. So, if you are trying not to be found, turn of your cell!

Reply to this comment    11 November 2004, 13:26 GMT


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Teddy Davis Account Info

GPS only works in a clear view of the sky with power. Remove the batteries, no more GPS. If the calculator is inside, no signals from sattalite, no GPS. won't work. Another problem, a simple GPS goes for almost $200. Ti 84+ SE EZ Spot with GPS: $350. Not exactly cost efective.

Reply to this comment    8 December 2004, 02:40 GMT

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Benjamin Moody  Account Info

A calculator with a GPS receiver? Sounds like fun!

Reply to this comment    6 November 2004, 08:34 GMT


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PlaidPhantom Account Info

Imagine...We could use them to arrange all calculators in the US to make a GPS picture or something. ;)

Reply to this comment    7 November 2004, 00:04 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

Uhh...sounds like overkill to me. :-)

Reply to this comment    6 November 2004, 23:05 GMT


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Shawn Zhang Account Info

Not too soon :p

Reply to this comment    12 November 2004, 21:49 GMT


Re: Re: TI Releases EZ-Spot TI-84 Pluses
Timmc Account Info
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Nice new colors. What happens when someone pockets a calc though? The bright yellow isn't exactly going to stand out through someones clothes. Perhaps radio trackers could be placed in them.

Reply to this comment    5 November 2004, 23:32 GMT

Re: TI Releases EZ-Spot TI-84 Pluses
Stijn Arnauts  Account Info

Oh god they look so cool, I must steal one!

Reply to this comment    5 November 2004, 16:29 GMT


Re: Re: TI Releases EZ-Spot TI-84 Pluses
KermMartian Account Info
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:D You could always fork over $1000...

Reply to this comment    5 November 2004, 17:25 GMT


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anykey  Account Info

Hey, if I got 9 other people to pay me $100, we could buy a 10 pack and send them the calcs! Anyone up for it?
BTW, it costs less than buying them individually, and you get the stylish case.

Reply to this comment    6 November 2004, 22:42 GMT

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Benjamin Moody  Account Info

BE $1039.50 -> $103.95/unit (vs. $119.99 from epsstore.ti.com)
SE $1214.80 -> $121.48/unit (vs. $134.99 from epsstore.ti.com)

You can find better prices for the standard models elsewhere. It also presumably doesn't include the official TI USB cable. Nevertheless I'd be up for it.

Reply to this comment    6 November 2004, 23:52 GMT

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PlaidPhantom Account Info

You'd have to convince TI that you're a school, wouldn't you?

Reply to this comment    7 November 2004, 00:15 GMT

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Benjamin Moody  Account Info

No, TI isn't selling them directly.

Reply to this comment    7 November 2004, 02:48 GMT


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anykey  Account Info

Plus, the places that do say they sell them to schools or individuals.
This is completely irrelevent, but today someone asked me if I could 'speak' java! I couldn't stop laughing!
:^@-I-<

:^D-I-<
*me laughing at clueless person*

Reply to this comment    7 November 2004, 04:50 GMT


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akadajet  Account Info

I bought a ti-89 from a teacher that has one of those viewscreen ports on the top. I'm sure finding a teacher to sell you one wouldn't be terribly difficult.

Reply to this comment    7 November 2004, 06:18 GMT

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Shawn Zhang Account Info

Count me in :)

Reply to this comment    12 November 2004, 21:49 GMT


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jvdthwip Account Info

Hey, maybe a group of programmers cou;ld get a set, they'd all have a custom "Your organization's name here" on them... That would be great!

Reply to this comment    17 November 2004, 02:49 GMT

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