Here’s a look at the key events in the invention and evolution of handheld electronic calculators, software and related products from TI.
TI invents the world’s first handheld electronic calculator
TI’s first handheld calculator hits the retail market
The revolutionary technology of the single-chip TI-2500 Datamath™ calculator makes everyday math accessible. Capable of performing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, it features a red, eight-digit LED display.
TI introduces its first scientific calculator
TI’s first solar-powered handheld calculator debuts
TI releases its first calculator designed with teacher assistance
The TI-12 Math Explorer – the first TI calculator designed IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TEACHERS to meet the needs of elementary and middle-school classrooms – is introduced.
TI unveils its first graphing calculator
TI introduces the CBL data collection device
The Calculator-Based Laboratory (CBL) System– a portable and versatile data collection device for math and science – opens the door for students to COLLECT AND ANALYZE REAL DATA in the classroom.
TI launches its first calculator with a built-in Computer Algebra System (CAS)
TI introduces a graphing calculator that supports statistics and finance
TI adds advanced functionality for statistics and finance to the TI-82 by introducing the TI-83, which becomes a popular programming platform for students.
TI integrates FLASH™ ROM technology into its calculators
With the incorporation of STATE-OF-THE-ART FLASH™ ROM MEMORY into the TI-73 and TI-89 devices, students can upgrade the software on their calculators and customize them by adding apps.
TI releases the TI-83 Plus graphing calculatorUpdated with FLASH™ ROM technology, new applications and SIX TIMES THE MEMORY of the popular TI-83, the easy-to-use TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator lets students graph and compare functions, as well as perform data plotting and analysis using TI’s handheld Calculator-Based Laboratory (CBL) System.
TI enter the connected classroom market
The TI-Navigator™ Classroom Learning System – a classroom network connecting students’ calculators – LETS TEACHERS SEE IN REAL-TIME where students are struggling, allowing them to adjust instruction on the spot.
TI introduces the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator
TI reveals the TI-Nspire™ Handheld
With a major leap forward in calculator design, the TI-Nspire™ handheld introduces an interface more similar to the operation of a personal computer – allowing students to display MULTIPLE REPRESENTATIONS ON A SINGLE SCREEN, explore cause-and-effect scenarios and save work.
TI unveils its first full color graphing calculators with 3D and connected classroom capabilitiesWith the TI-Nspire™ CX and TI-Nspire™ CX CAS handhelds, students can import images and graph in 3D – allowing them to INTERACT WITH MATH AND VISUALIZE DATA IN MULTIPLE WAYS. Using the TI-Nspire™ CX Navigator™ System, teachers can connect to and wirelessly monitor students’ work, assess their understanding in real-time, and send, collect, grade and save students’ work.
TI introduces Apps for iOS devices
TI introduces the world’s first talking graphing calculatorWith functionality identical to the TI-84 Plus, the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphic Calculator levels the playing field FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY-IMPAIRED, giving them access to the same graphing technology their classmates use.
TI introduces the TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator
TI unveils a new STEM solution. TI-INNOVATOR™ Hub with TI Launchpad™ BoardA palm-sized box with a built-in microcontroller, the TI-Innovator™ Hub plugs into a TI-84 Plus CE or TI-Nspire™ CX graphing calculator and places the power of CODING AND ENGINEERING DESIGN into the hands of students. Created using the TI LaunchPad™ Board, the TI-Innovator™ Hub employs the same technology used by leading engineers around the world to design cutting-edge products, from smartwatches to 3D printers.
TI rolls out the TI-Innovator™ Rover robotic vehicle
TI introduces TI-Nspire™ CX II and TI-Nspire™ CX II CAS graphing calculatorsWith the FAMILIAR FUNCTIONALITY of the TI-Nspire™ CX family of graphing calculators, these updated handhelds offer FASTER PERFORMANCE, FRESH NEW FEATURES AND EASIER-TO-READ GRAPHICS, creating more opportunities for hands-on engagement. In addition, the TI-Nspire™ CX II CAS graphing calculator can reduce syntax errors, as well as easily disable algebraic functionality.
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