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Liquidware Announces Scientific Calculator Based on Open Source Computing Platform
Liquidware, a leading manufacturer of rapid prototyping platforms for embedded systems, industrial and biomedical applications, as well as defense research, announced today the first scientific calculator driven by the open source BeagleBoard hardware platform.
Canton, MA – August 5, 2010 – Based on Linux, Arduino, and the BeagleBoard design specifications, the SciCal X101 brings modularity and customization handheld scientific calculators and research aids.
Sales of scientific and graphing calculators have gradually declined in recent years, and the market has seen few, if any, new product model introductions from the market leaders, including Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, and Sharp.
Says Justin Huynh, Liquidware’s director of product development: “In the last 15 years, the rate of innovation in handheld calculating devices has slowed dramatically. In the 1990’s, new calculator models were launched on average once every 14-18 months. These rates represented a so-called Moore’s Law for Calculators. Each successive generation had larger RAM, ROM, more functionality, and a more extensive programming language set.”
But on the heels of mega-trends such as open architecture and device convergence, the dedicated calculator handheld is becoming a gadget of the past. In it’s place, iPhones, Android, and Blackberry platforms each support apps which replicate many of the functions of standard graphing calculators. While calculators were once ubiquitous in education, academia, industry, and finance, modern technology trends have placed calculators with proprietary operating systems at a severe disadvantage.
“On the desktop, we see increasingly powerful applications, while on the handheld, we see features growing to replicate calculator functionality. The devices we once knew as calculators are becoming obsolete. Calculators as we know them must deliver value and experience that cannot be achieved on the desktop or handheld, or they will disappear.”
Liquidware believes it has found just that missing link. Its scientific calculator platform is built from the ground up on open designs, and open source software. Rather than forcing new programming languages and paradigms on its users, it encourages its users to write in native, familiar programming languages such as C, Perl, Scientific Python, or R. R is an advanced statistical programming language popularized in fields of research including biology, mathematics, advanced physics, neuroscience, and economics.
The Liquidware SciCal X101 delivers more than standard mathematical features. Within minutes, it can be converted into a field data logger or scientific sensor data collection unit for biopharma, scientific, or defense research. Built entirely around the Linux operating system and Arduino platform, sensors may be integrated directly into the calculator over built-in serial ports. Software is included to read each of 6 different types of sensors, and programming guides help users access servos, new sensors, or proprietary industrial design control systems.
“It was our goal to build the perfect post-convergence calculator. One that’s earned it’s place alongside desktop spreadsheet programs, and cell phone OS calculator ROM clones. With the community’s help, we present the first truly hackable, open hardware-based scientific calculator that natively supports data logging with over a dozen sensors out of the box.”
The Liquidware SciCal X101 is available as a kit from http://www.liquidware.com, or fully assembled by any number of resellers and distributors.
Liquidware is one of the fastest growing engineering firms, specializing in high speed, lower power embedded systems product design, rapid prototyping of medical devices, parallel systems, and defense engineering.
Liquidware’s hardware has been used by some of the world’s leading research institutions, consumer product firms, and is deployed in field operations worldwide.
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Editorial Contact for Liquidware
Justin Huynh Liquidware,