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Real imitates virtual – Windows/Mac calculators

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Korean product design firm MintPass came up with these great concept designs for real calculators that imitate their software counterparts. [via Boing Boing]

22 thoughts on “Real imitates virtual – Windows/Mac calculators

        1. It’s like something we’ve seen thousands of times, except this time it’s real instead of just a picture. Only it’s not real, it’s just a picture.

    1. When I read in the caption that these were concept designs, my initial disappointment gave way to glee. There’s nothing (besides legal issues) standing in the way of these calculators being made. It’s a perfect project for a do-it-yourselfer, since there’s plenty of time to make it before they’re mass-produced and slightly-less-cool.
      I am frequently disappointed by concept designs whose main functionality is hypothetical, but the coolness of these calculators lies entirely in their design, not their function.

    1. If you want a programmer’s calculator, consider an HP16c.

      Rather expensive on eBay these days, but there is an acceptable iPhone emulator if you want to try before you buy.

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