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Internet Archive adds emulated calculators to its collection

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The Internet Archive has added another treasure from the past to its collection of the history of the internet and technology — 14 emulated calculator models that you can use online, available in a collection called Calculator Drawer.

The 14 models include HP48G+ to Texas Instruments T189, among many others from the 1980s and 90s. The Internet Archive successfully emulates the design, buttons and interface of each of the listed devices and even provides manuals for 10 out of the 14.

According to The Internet Archive, the calculators are powered by the MAME Artwork system, an open-source framework used to recreate classic arcade games that came in handy when emulating the design of the calculators.

“The Calculator Drawer possesses a hearty collection of graphing and simple Calculators, emulated in MAME and with an additional layer of presenting the calculator itself as a clickable graphical object, which you can then do math and graphing on. You also need to turn many of them on, so look for the “ON” button to get things going,” The Internet Archive noted.

As mentioned above, these emulators can be used by everyone — you can click buttons to input numbers (even from your keyboard) and function as you would in a physical calculator. So, if you’re feeling nostalgic and want to get your hands on one of the legacy calculators out there, The Internet Archive might be a worthy stop for a quick reminder. Some of these calculators even have sounds when clicking buttons.

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