Real imitates virtual – Windows/Mac calculators

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Real imitates virtual – Windows/Mac calculators



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. Nate says:

    …but not as large a part had these been actual products.

    1. Ian says:

      More design concepts…

      1. japroach says:

        3d virtual imitates 2d virtual

        1. AndyL says:

          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.

    2. Josh Hernandez says:

      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.

  2. jc says:

    pretty nice. would be nice to see a scientific calculator which also includes hex/oct/bin calc functions.

    1. Anonymous says:

      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.

    2. bibulb says:

      But how would you have it rotate from standard four-function in portrait to scientific in landscape?

  3. AndyL says:

    Hah. I do the opposite. I never use calc.exe, I always use Virtual TI, setup to emulate a TI-86.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Does the calculator go into Stealth mode when this button is pressed or does it flatten itself to your desktop? ;P

    1. Jas says:

      I want to know how you get it back after you click the x or accidentally press Alt+F4??

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