In reality, all mechanical calculators are cool. Many are triumphs of human ingenuity, but there are some that deserve especial note due to their … let’s say “elegance” for want of a better word. In fact, one could easily fill a book on these little scamps without trying, but then we would never manage to get to any other interesting stuff, so we’ll restrain ourselves to these most creative and innovative calculator designs from all over the world.
1. Hydro calculator
The Hydro Powered Calculator is completely awesome concept. It uses water-powered batteries which consists of two electrodes made of special alloys, which, when immersed in water, produce electricity through a chemical reaction. Simply refill the battery as the water evaporates, typically every two to three months. Not only is this Eco-friendly, it’s providing free energy. Well, not enough free energy to power your computer or drive you home, but it’s still impressive. It measures 2 inches tall x 5.25 inches long x 3 inches wide.
2. EZkey 2 in 1 Keypad Mouse
If your only computer is a laptop then a separate numeric keypad is an option that doesn’t exist. When we work on our desktop machines we find it quite useful to have the separate number pad so it was nice to see the EZkey 2 in 1 mouse. The combination number pad and mouse provides full functionality of both, while minimizing the extra space required. It’s a nice option for maintaining a clutter free desk. This mouse has not yet been released so pricing and availability information is currently not available.
3. Hopscotch Calculator
It’s a 8-digit basic calculator with a hopscotch keyboard configuration! Okay it doesn’t do anything special so the design is totally novel but who cares! It brings back memories of tossing a shoe or stick and hopping across a poorly drawn grid on the sidewalk. This Calculator is made of clear plastic with geek-chic green buttons so you can see the system board and the process as its happening. It measures 55 mm x 110 mm x 10mm.
4. Credit Card Calculator
Perfect for pocket or purse the Credit Card Solar Powered Calculator designed by Sam Hecht is always ready to go. The slim form factor mimics the size and shape of a standard credit card and the raised numeric keys allow for a tactile feel during operation. This is on sale from the regular price of around $17.00, not bad for such a slim, stylish calculator. It measures 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.2cm.
5. Lego Calculator
Here is a fun calculator for all the Lego fans out there, the Lego Calculator. I don’t think it is an official Lego calculator, but it still looks cool, it measures 5.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 1 inch high and comes in a variety of different colors. The Lego Calculator comes in a choice of red, blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, black and purple and is available for $27 from Pylones.
6. Lexon Bamboo Calculator
The unlike most green gadgets this one comes fully equipped with all the standard functions along with a few quirks the main one being the +/- Tax, which I guess was added to the device to entice the huge CA market out there. The body of the calculator as the name suggests is made from bamboo, hence imparting a very natural looks to the gadget; the subtle color that the bamboo lends the calculator camouflages it in with almost any desktop. Its design has been kept simple and contemporary and the dual power supply (solar cell/ battery) makes it an even greener gadget. This gadget though radically different still sticks to the old fashioned dot matrix 8 digit display which is a bit drab, however this gadget would still hold its own on the desk alongside the bamboo keyboard, but if you are serious about reducing your carbon footprint then these bamboo bicycles may be the way to go.
7. X-Cool Calculator
Here is a fun accessory for your geeky office, the X-Cool Calculator which looks like a games console controller. Most gaming fans will probably find this a lot easier to use than a standard calculator as you will automatically know where all the buttons are. Calculate your budget on this awesome X-cool Calculator. Just try to pick up the X-cool calculator with one hand… it’s impossible! Exciting design makes calculating much more fun! Make number crunching fun with the X-cool Calculator. If you want one the X-Cool Calculator is available for $13 from Deals Direct.