|Langenscheidt German Electronic Translation Machine and Calculator. Say that thirty-eight times fast.
This is the Langenscheidt German Electronic Translation Machine and Calculator from the year 1984. It has one of the most interesting color schemes I've seen for a calculator, much like the Langenscheidt line of pocket dictionaries. It comes with a beautiful leather case emblazoned with a golden L.
|With box, leather case, and manual.
To translate a word, you set the toggle switch to G->E or E->G. I wanted to translate the word "calculator" to German, so I set it to E->G. From here, you press the ABC1 button until you get to the first letter of the word you want. Then you press ABC2 and keep pressing it until you get to the second letter of the word you want. Then you press the arrow button next to that until the word you want to translate comes up. Finally, when you see the word, press TRANS to get the translation.
|The word "calculate" in German, apparently.
|The contrast toggle switch.
|Back cover removed.
The novelty factor of the Langenscheidt Translation Machine is high, and I'm happy to have this in my collection. But in terms of practicality, it's atrocious.
Langenscheidt made translation calculators for other languages, but the company has discontinued this line of calculators.