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 graphing calculator by introducing the TI-83 graphing calculator, 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 Explorer™ and TI-89 Titanium graphing calculators, students can upgrade the software on their calculators and customize them by adding apps.
TI releases the TI-83 Plus graphing calculator
TI enters 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™ graphing calculator
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 calculator
TI introduces the TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator
TI unveils a new STEM solution — the 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 calculators
Python programming was added in 2020
TI presents the TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculator
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