DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Sharp EL-8130 super thinman
|Date of introduction:||June 1977||Display technology:||LCD|
|New price:||¥8.500||Display size:||8|
|Size:||4.9" x 2.7" x 0.2"|
|Weight:||2.3 ounces||Serial No:||77022959|
|Batteries:||2*SR1130||Date of manufacture:||year 1979|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||Japan|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Gerhard Wenzel|
Sharp introduced in the year 1977 with the EL-8036 and this EL-8130 the world’s first touch key calculator using a membrane keypad.
Another Sharp breakthrough was the development of the membrane, or flat, keypad, which allowed the calculator to shrink even further to only 0.2" in thickness (the EL-8130 was called the "super thinman"). Since the keys lack any tactile response when pushed, these units had a special key which activated a beep that sounded upon each key press. This "sensor touch" key,used in many later Sharp calculators, had a musical note symbol on the key.
Another two year later thickness was reduced to unbelievable 1.6mm (0.35"). Don't miss the EL-8152.
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© Joerg Woerner, December 25, 2001. No reprints without written permission.