DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) written and directed by George Lucas was released in theatres in the United States on May 25, 1977.
It earned $461 million in the U.S. and $314 million overseas, totaling $775 million to become the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
|"What is it?"
"It's your father's lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age."
―Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi
"Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker
Looking closer into the construction of the
lightsaber used in
the original Star Wars movie reveals an interesting detail - the "bubble lens" of a Texas Instruments
Exactra 19 calculator!
Skywalker's Lightsaber Prop
Exactra Calculator LED Displays
|Exactra 19||Most likely all Exactra 19 calculator use COB Technology.|
|Exactra 20||Change from Single LED Modules to COB Technology on or around July 1974.|
|TI-2000||Evidence for COB Technology still missing.|
|Exactra 21||Change from Bowmar Opto-Stick to COB Technology on or around February 1975.|
|Exactra 22||First Generation Bowmar Opto-Stick from October 1974.|
|Exactra 23||Second Generation Bowmar Opto-Stick from November 1974|
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© Joerg Woerner, January 3, 2018. No reprints without written permission.