|Texas Instruments Speak and Math.|
The Texas Instruments Speak and Math isn't exactly a calculator, but it's still a tool related to mathematics. It was released in 1980 to help children improve their basic math skills. It features five different "games" that cover the principles. I'll discuss each game individually, but first the device itself.
|I replaced the foam in front of the speaker with some carbon filter.|
Anyway, here's stuff about the games. Each game has three levels: 1, 2, and 3. Level 1 games are quite simple, but level 3 can be quite challenging even to someone as dumb as me.
|Pressing the button next to the game lets you play the game next to the button.|
The display shows a simple math problem, such as 1 + 9 =, and the voice reads the problem out loud, and then you type in the answer. You can also set it to show division, multiplication, and subtraction problems. It's a basic game, but when I tried playing the level 3 division mode, I was stumped pretty quickly. There were big numbers.
This mode is similar to Solve It, but instead of showing the problem, you only hear the voice say it. It will try to trip you up with things like "if 2 + 2 is 4, what is 3 + 2?" It's silly, but I remember having to answer verbal math problems in elementary school at one point, so I guess it's pretty useful.
Here you're given either two numbers or one number and a small math problem, and you have to figure out which one is the bigger number, id est "7 + 8 _ 14." If the left side is greater, you select >, and if it's smaller, you select <. It's trickier than it sounds and forces you to stop and think before answering.
The voice says a number and you type it. That's it. It's not challenging, but I guess it helps kids learn how to write numbers? I just got bored with it very quickly.
While Write It was the most boring game, Number Stumper is my least favorite on the machine. You have to guess a two-digit number by pressing numbers. The computer voice will tell you if either number is in the hidden number. It's like the game Mastermind (or Codebreaker) but way more basic and way more bad. You only have a limited number of attempt, maybe ten, and it require more luck than skill. Maybe there's a way to play it that doesn't involve luck but I don't care because this game sucks.
I hate to end the game reviews on a sour note, but Number Stumper is the listed at the bottom.