Texas Instruments SOLAR Little Professor (1997)

Date of introduction:  1997 Display technology:  LCD
New price:   Display size:  8
Size:  5.9" x 3.0" x 0.50"
 150 x 75 x 13 mm3 
Weight:  2.8 ounces, 79 grams Serial No:  
Batteries:  n.a. Date of manufacture:  mth 07 year 1998 (A)
AC-Adapter:   Origin of manufacture:  China (N)
Precision:   Integrated circuits:  
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

Compared with the early Little Professor with the LED display this one uses a LCD to ask the child one of thousands pre-programmed math questions.

Dismantling this SOLAR Little Professor manufactured in July 1998 by Nam Tai Electronics in China reveals a well known internal construction. We know this type of design and even the housing from scientific calculators like the TI-36X Solar. Please remember that the very first models of the Little Professor family based on simple 4-functions calculators.   

A very similar styling was used for the products manufactured in Italy. Compare it here.

+++ UPDATE: The Little Professor is back! Texas Instruments reintroduced this famous toy in September 2011 on some European countries.
Don't miss the new Little Professor Solar +++

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