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Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Posted by Michael on 11 December 2006, 14:28 GMT

Atomic Learning has created tutorial videos about the operation of TI's upcoming calculator, the TI-Nspire CAS. Certainly the TI-Nspire CAS is an interesting departure from TI's previous calculator designs.

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Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Alex M  Account Info
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I hope they will not the discontinue the 68k line anytime soon. They appeal more to me as a dev platform to be honest :)

- Alex

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 15:12 GMT


Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info

Agreed, I might as well program a psp, ds, or pc if I wanted impressive graphics. This thing just isn't quite a "calculator" anymore.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 17:06 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Chris Williams  Account Info

The mouse-like input method doesn't look very effective for navigating menus and dialogs, either. Using the arrow keys to change the selection directly like on the TI-89 is probably quicker most of the time.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 17:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Jim Bauwens Account Info

Agree totaly, its not really a calc anymore.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 17:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
burntfuse  Account Info
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I guess it'll be more like the V200 then.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 20:46 GMT


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yellowPig Account Info

But there's no QWERTY keyboard....That makes me sad.

Reply to this comment    12 December 2006, 00:38 GMT

Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
jonas debrave Account Info

Well, I don't see a lot of difference on the previous calculators. at first sight though

except the space and speed etc..

not a lot of change, no

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 16:09 GMT


Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Snave2000  Account Info

Well, the hardware specs are quite an improvement over the 89 Titanium. . . 16MB RAM, 20MB archive (are they kidding? In my opinion, there should be at least several times more archive than RAM. . .), 320x240 greyscale screen, and ~100 MHz processor. . . not bad. Although, the whole device looks rather bulky, and has those funny "wings" on either side of the LCD. Still, just imagine the games that could be created for this. . .

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 20:12 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Matt M Account Info

I think they would have been better to release a 84X / 89X add a small memory card read/write to it...something like miniSD, microSD, or even regular SD

I have no reason to buy that one but if I could get one like I have but with a memory card read/write I would sell mine in a flash...no punn intended...

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 21:09 GMT


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dtd00d  Account Info

Yeah with a calculator this spiffed out, the least they could do is add memory card or USB host support.

If it's not backwards compatible with the 83+ or 89T series, it's going to take a long while for it to catch on. Is the processor architecture similar in any way to the Z80's or 68k's?

Gaming device ftw.

Reply to this comment    12 December 2006, 01:46 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Matt M Account Info

with all those features, it ought to be backward compatible to both Z80 and 68K. They have enough power process stuff.

Reply to this comment    12 December 2006, 16:03 GMT


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patz2009  Account Info
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With all that (100+MHZ CPU, 16MB RAM, etc), it shouldn't be hard to make an emulator that runs at the full speed of an 89+, 84+, etc. Like a port of Emu8X to the Nspire or something.

Reply to this comment    12 December 2006, 23:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Matt M Account Info

Or DOS :)

That's exactly what I meant, I just couldn't think of how to put it.

Reply to this comment    13 December 2006, 03:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
RJ Larimore  Account Info
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How are games going to work with the D-pad in the center of the calc? Using my left finger to do rapid fire on the old calcs was bad enough.

Reply to this comment    13 December 2006, 03:22 GMT


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jhamm Account Info

you don't have to use the mouse pad. it could use 2 keys to the side

Reply to this comment    21 December 2006, 21:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Mr.Z  Account Info
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Am I the only one who would rather have much more RAM than archive? I want to do dynamic translation & run Linux, both of which would fit nicely (together, even) in a mere 2MB/4MB flash (Linux will run off a 1.44MB floppy disk) but would benefit greatly from having more than 256KB RAM (err...128KB after Tetris & several random functions & text files are lying around). 16MB would be enough, but I am probably going to stick with my TI-92+ & TI-89 Titanium for the time being.

Reply to this comment    12 December 2006, 16:03 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Matt M Account Info

I don't know about you but I could always use extra storage

Reply to this comment    12 December 2006, 19:52 GMT

Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
rockvee Account Info

honestly, I don't really like the mouse thing. It is located at the middle of the calculator and it's kind of hard to operate it with my thumb.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 20:11 GMT

Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
Snave2000  Account Info

Yeah, I'd have to agree, that seems to be a flaw. . . it forces you to use your pointer finger all the time, which can be rather tiring.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 20:14 GMT

Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
burntfuse  Account Info
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Agreed. Simulated mice just don't work that well for everyone, especially on something small like a calculator.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 20:45 GMT


Re: Re: Sneak Preview of the TI-Nspire CAS
sancho  Account Info
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Maybe is not mandatory to use it, I guess they will add some keyboard shortcut to any menu

Reply to this comment    11 December 2006, 21:00 GMT

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