Over One Billion Sold...Calculators

Back in 1957, Casio invented the first fully electric compact relay calculator. It took 50 years, but Casio has just announced that they've sold one billion calculators worldwide. And it's a good thing they developed calculators, because one billion would have taken Casio 31 years to count manually.

But this achievement is actually a bit sad for two reasons...

1. The first quantifiable comparison I could make would be McDonald's "billions and billions served", or however that goes. Of course we eat more hamburgers than we do calculators, but it still feels like a loss.

2. Will Casio ever sell another billion? Will dedicated calculators even be around in another 50 years with the cost-effective advancements in microprocessors and all-in-one devices? Should they?

What do you think?

Casio Sells...[JCNetwork]