This Rugged Outdoor Calculator Can Survive Everything But Obsolescence

You might not have had a use for a dedicated calculator after completing your final high school math course, but that doesn't mean others don't. In fact, despite the rise of smartphones, companies like Casio are still churning out standalone calculators. And its latest, the fx-FD10 Pro, which is designed for… » 4/17/14 2:20pm Thursday 2:20pm

How Much Would a Pumpkin the Size Of Your House Weigh?

The wonderful world of genetic engineering has given us gargantuan pumpkins the size of compact cars. But don't think it's going to stop there. In addition to spreading Halloween cheer and giving local evening news something to cover, giant pumpkins could eventually be grown to the size of a house and used as a cheap… » 10/31/13 10:20am 10/31/13 10:20am

Would It Actually Be Cheaper and Faster To 3D Print Yourself a House?

As 3D printers become more affordable and easier to use, the prospect of using the technology to simply print whatever we need—instead of having to go to the store and buy it—is becoming tantalizingly real. One day we might even be able to quickly 3D print the ultimate investment on the cheap: a house. Unfortunately,… » 6/18/13 12:00pm 6/18/13 12:00pm

Own a Piece of Design History With Braun's Re-Released ET66 Calc

If Braun's ET66 calculator looks oddly familiar, like you've used it before, you probably have. Originally released in 1987, the ET66 shed the sliding switches of its predecessors, the ET22 released in 1976 and the ET44 released in 1978, and became an icon of product design. So much so that the iPhone's original… » 5/03/13 1:40pm 5/03/13 1:40pm

This Numberless Calculator Requires You To Knock On Wood

There's not a single college in the country that will let you use this wooden calculator during an exam. And it's not because it can be used for cheating. It has more to do with the fact that instead of pressing number buttons, you have to tap out your amounts on its wooden surface, and it will in turn tap out an… » 4/26/13 1:20pm 4/26/13 1:20pm

HP's New Multi-Touch Graphing Calculator Has Smartphone Aspirations

These are exciting times for anyone who's refused to replace their trusty standalone graphing calculator with a similarly capable smartphone or tablet app. Your stubbornness is finally paying off as HP is teasing what appears to be one of the most advanced color touchscreen calculators the scientific world has ever… » 4/23/13 9:11am 4/23/13 9:11am

How Many Tetris Pieces Would You Need To Build a House?

It was the game that defined a revolution in handheld gaming, but during the countless hours you spent playing Tetris and neatly organizing falling tetrominoes, did you ever stop and wonder how many of those pieces you'd need to build a full-size house? Probably not, after all what kid spends their time imagining about … » 3/20/13 2:40pm 3/20/13 2:40pm

TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Review: Math in Color!

The new TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition isn't the first color-screen graphing calculator. It isn't even TI's first color graphing calculator, a distinction claimed by the TI-Nspire CX and its sibling the TI-Nspire CX CAS. However, the TI-84+CSE, as we're abbreviating it, is a major milestone in the 17-year-old TI-83 and… » 2/21/13 10:00am 2/21/13 10:00am

How Many Cushions Would You Need To Build the Ultimate Pillow Fort?

Just because you've grown into a responsible adult doesn't mean you can't occasionally enjoy the simple pleasure of building a pillow fort. But why stop at the crude one-person shacks you built as a kid? With this calculator, and plenty of disposable income, you can assemble a cushion command center on a much grander… » 1/15/13 11:58am 1/15/13 11:58am

How Much Would It Cost To Gift Wrap an Entire House?

If you were financially fortunate enough to be able to gift someone an actual house this year for Christmas, you'll want to do more than just hang a big bow on the front door. Unwrapping a mysterious present is half the fun of getting a gift, and with this handy calculator you'll be able to figure out just how many… » 12/18/12 12:00pm 12/18/12 12:00pm

You Won't Believe How Much Graphing Calculators Have Changed

Twenty-seven years after introducing the world's first graphing calculator, Casio has developed its most sophisticated educational Game Boy ever. Indeed, the new Casio fx-CP400's 320 x 528 resolution screen isn't just color—it's a freaking touchscreen that flips from vertical to horizontal. That's a far cry from the… » 11/29/12 11:00am 11/29/12 11:00am