Texas Instruments Math Marvel

Date of introduction:  1980 Display technology:  Fluorescent
New price:  $30.00 Display size:  8
Size:  6.1" x 3.4" x 1.1"    
Weight:  5.5 ounces Serial No:  
Batteries:  9V  Date of manufacture:  wk 46 year 1980
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  USA
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  TMC1986
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner
    Download manual:   (US: 6.5 MByte)

This educational toy for youngsters is similar to the futuristic DataMan. The Math Marvel is preprogrammed to teach the basic four mathematic functions through different games. A nice feature of this game is an added buzzer to give some noisy feedback.

The Math Marvel was one of three similar games:

Math Marvel: Basic mathematics
Mr. Challenger: Word games
Spelling B: Spelling games

All used the same housing featuring a coloured key plate to cover some unused keys of the matrix. The display was either numeric for the Math Marvel or alphanumeric for the two word games.

MathMarvel_PCB.jpg (73819 Byte)From a technical point of view the toy is in one line with the TI-45 scientific calculator introduced in 1978. Both share a member of the TMS1980 single chip calculator series based on the
TMS1000 family.  

The Math Marvel was later replaced by the Math Star game.

Don't miss the speaking Maths marvel.

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