TI-Nspire CX makes the transition to the world of color


Texas Instruments, or TI for short, has long been associated with the world of graphing calculators, and this time around, the company has more or less outdone itself wtih their latest release, the TI-Nspire CX. What makes this model stand out from the rest of the crowd? For starters, it will now boast color capability, which means that the world of black and white is now a thing of the past.

The TI-Nspire CX has already undergone the hoops and tests presented by the FCC, so it has it made and is more than ready to help you part with your hard-earned money if a color graphing calculator is the thing you need. More on this interesting device in the extended post.

Apart from the big shock that it features a 16-bit, 320 x 240 display, one that is full well capable of 64,000 colors. This isn’t the first in the world though, since the Casio Prizm hit the markets last month. Similar to the Prizm, the Nspire CX can also load image files that are provided by the user and curve fitting functions, or performing regressions, onto those images.

In a demonstration, it let students guess and check coefficients in order to match the equation of a parabola that is formed by a water fountain. The equation actually appeared on the screen simultaneously with the image. When it comes to image file types supported, you need not twirl your fingers in doubt since most major image file types are supported, such as JPG, BMP, and PNG.

The TI-Nspire CX also boasts 3D capability, bringing it up to par with the latest and greatest where graphing calculators are concerned. This will definitely have students wondering just why didn’t this come out before? Well, no complaints now as technology has finally become cheap enough to go mainstream, and we do know that the color TI-Nspire CX will arrive in stores in early to mid April.


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