How many people have an on a regular basis device that’s in point of fact distinctive? Most probably no longer many people; have a look round your table and prove your wallet, however extra incessantly than no longer, what you’ll to find is that the whole lot you’ve got is one thing that just about everybody else on the earth may have purchased too. However no longer so if you happen to’ve were given this pretty customized RPN calculator in a wood case.
This one involves us from [Shinsaku Hiura], who typically dazzles us with distinctive mechanical clocks and shows. This calculator solves a more effective downside — the shortage of RPN calculators available on the market with the right kind keyboard really feel, particularly with the huge keys and lightweight contact he desired. Accurately, the construct began with a numeric keypad, which as soon as liberated of its USB interface used to be reverse-engineered to determine how the matrix used to be stressed out. Subsequent up, a customized PCB to glue the keypad to an Arduino and a 20×4 LCD show used to be milled up, whilst a check case used to be designed and revealed to test fitment. The general case used to be milled from a block of cast walnut and fitted with an acrylic window, for a pointy glance with blank traces and fulfilling colours.
As for the calculator itself, the demo beneath displays it going via its paces. The code is suave as it leverages the minimum collection of keys to be had through hiding all of the clinical and engineering purposes in the back of a “secret silver key” that used to be as soon as the equals key and clearly no longer wanted in RPN. Hats off to [Shinsaku] for a good-looking and distinctive addition to his table.