Musings and comments about our common interest
Today we have seen announced the new Apple Watch. Impressive.
But many years ago, the clock to aim to was the HP01 digital clock. That was impressive at its time. It included a calculator, and it was a “tour de force” at the moment when hand-held calculators were starting to be used by engineers and high level students.
These machines command enormous prices nowadays - north of $1000 for good samples. These are purely collector’s items, since this machine has been improved upon by many orders of magnitude in all areas - except perhaps battery duration (when comparing with smartphones, that is)
You know that HP has issued a couple of years ago a number of anniversary devices. Some of them were new items called as the original one; but some others were real replicas of the real thing: the HP15c Limited Edition and the HP12c 30th Anniversary. These were nice niche products and, in the case of the HP15c Limited Edition, even though it was bug-ridden and memory limited (but same as the original), it has been outsold everywhere. Only 25000 units were produced (as far as I know, according to the serial numbers I have seen)
What if the HP 01 digital clock was produced again, as a collector item? (A very serious collector item - forget the $1000 level - think much higher…)
You’ll have to remember that you saw it here first…