Texas Instruments DataMan

Date of introduction:  June 5, 1977 Display technology:  Flourescent
New price:  $24.95 Display size:  8
Size:  5.8" x 3.4" x 1.2"    
Weight:  5 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  9V  Date of manufacture:  wk 51 year 1979
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  El Salvadore
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TMC1982
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manuals:   (US: 7.8 MByte)
  (US: 14.5 MByte)

Remember Star Wars and you know the influence of this exciting learning aid. It follows the tradition of the Little Professor but is intended for youngsters above seven years instead five years. The DataMan is preprogrammed to teach the basic four mathematic functions through different games:

Answer checker
Missing number
Electro Flash
Wipe Out
Number Guesser
Force Out

Dataman_PCB.jpg (164272 Byte)From the technology this DataMan from 1978 is similar to the TI-45 calculator of the same epoche.

A similar product was later introduced with the Math Marvel game.

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Joerg Woerner, December 5, 2001. No reprints without written permission.