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Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Posted by Duncan on 22 February 2011, 05:49 GMT

It would appear that Texas Instruments is getting ready to make their already aircraft-carrier-sized TI-Nspire calculator even fancier. According to sources all over the Internet, the TI-Nspire CX will be the next in line after the current Nspire handhelds. The CX will allegedly have a Wi-Fi radio, a first for graphing calculators everywhere. It will also have a color screen, which has been available on certain ... other brands for many years.

No word on when TI will release a touch-screen graphic calculator. For now, my Sharp EL-9600c reigns supreme (at least in that one respect).

Curiously enough, TI has also created a bulletin board site for this land shark of a calculator. Hmmmmm.

(We didn't report on this earlier because several of us were having fun with an internal finger-pointing contest, while others were trying to figure out who to hire to post this article and others like it.)

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Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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Finger pointing contest? My understanding is that we weren't going to post anything until TI announced it.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 05:53 GMT

Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Duncan Smith Account Info
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News to me.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 05:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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That's always been the standard operating procedure. Other sites report rumors, we report FACT. TI-OFFICIAL FACT. WHOOHOO.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 06:03 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Lewk Account Info
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I'm still waiting for that V400 to be released you jerks :(

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 07:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Lionel Debroux Account Info
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There's mounting evidence that it's not just rumor, Nikky ;)
Besides "Nspire CX" occurrences on the sites of several legitimate online resellers, see link below poster name. Quick translation of TI-Bank's article:
* an official announcement by TI Germany on Feb 23rd in Stuttgart at the DIDACTA gathering;
* what looks like an image of the Nspire CX can be found on a page below education.ti.com, linked from the article at TI-Bank: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/ sites/US/nonProductSingle/ summer_workshops.html

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 08:44 GMT

Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Travis Evans  Account Info

Come on, don't ruin our fun. :-(

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 06:03 GMT


Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
HerbTI Account Info

Duncan, you may want to check to check out http://education.ti.com/tinspire

Reply to this comment    25 February 2011, 14:31 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Duncan Smith Account Info
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Neat! What sort of programming capabilities do you plan to release with it?

Reply to this comment    27 February 2011, 23:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
KermMartian  Account Info
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I could have sworn that I asked that as well; my comment (or its parent) seems to have vanished. O.o

Reply to this comment    28 February 2011, 22:16 GMT

Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
KermMartian  Account Info
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Just to clarify on the WiFi, current sources indicate that it's going to be a removable, external module, which is definitely what TI would have to do to have any hope of this device being used on tests in classrooms, let alone standardized tests. Renders floating around show the notch on the side of the new unit to retain the WiFi module, as well as the USB port passed through the WiFi unit.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 05:56 GMT

Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Duncan Smith Account Info
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Ah, I wasn't clear on that. Initially I thought that the CX was a wifi module (this is the source of the phrase "making their aircraft-carrier sized calculator even bigger"), but then I kept reading and became more confused. So I left that bit out.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 06:19 GMT

Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
kalan_vod  Account Info
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It sure seems that way, hopefully one could take the wifi controller and place it inside the case (with a little modification). An idea would be to move the battery pack to be on the outside of the case and use that space for the wifi, hmm time will tell..

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 18:58 GMT


Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
HerbTI Account Info

The wireless module is attached to the TI-Nspire to allow it to work in TI's wireless classroom network. More about the wireless classroom network can be found at http://education.ti.com/tinspire
then click on the link to the TI-Nspire CX Navigator System.

Reply to this comment    25 February 2011, 17:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Person Dude Account Info
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that makes it sound like it won't be able to access the internet, only the data teachers/profs upload to the classroom network.
Too bad if that't true... no monopoly or falldown multiplayer matches.

Reply to this comment    26 February 2011, 20:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Agentx002  Account Info

You think us calc geeks are not going to install google chrome on it?

Reply to this comment    27 February 2011, 20:28 GMT

Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Stefan Bauwens  Account Info

It sounds cool... but I think this can't be called a calculator anymore.
It's more a pda with a calculator app in it. :)

Why color? Thats gonna spoil all the games.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 07:29 GMT


Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Jim Bauwens Account Info

Its cooler than a PDA, because it is NOT made to run programs. A pda can just do that easily, so there is no fun in it.

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 20:48 GMT

Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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I bet TI is responding to the Casio PRIZM color calc now.

Now to see if it will block Ndless...

Reply to this comment    22 February 2011, 08:18 GMT


Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
JBB Account Info

Yes, you are quite right about that. I know that people are quite excited about the possibility of a CX announcement but considering the way TI spins everything, it could be a big disappointment. Will TI's color screen kill battery life? What good is the wi-fi to the average cx owner? Will the 3d graphing be the same rather worthless version as that provided with the 89 /voyage200? How expensive is this thing going to be? I wouldn't get to excited until we know more aobut it. If it defeats Ndless that alone would be a big disappointment.

Reply to this comment    23 February 2011, 06:15 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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Also, will the color screen be as blurry as the TI-Nspire one? Playing Ndless games on it is a nightmare sometimes, depending of the game.

It seems like it will be around the same price as the other TI-Nspire, but some people fear it will remove TI-84 Plus emulation...

Reply to this comment    23 February 2011, 11:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rumors of a TI-Nspire CX
chris houston  Account Info
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I hope they don't remove ti 84 emulation. I think the pictures that we have seen are all of the CAS version, so there may also be a non CAS that also has a ti 84 emulator. Although that would be one of those features that TI would eliminate...

Reply to this comment    25 February 2011, 10:22 GMT

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