Artifact Details

Title

The HP-35 design : a case study in innovation

Catalog Number

102746048

Type

Text

Date

2011-05-31

Contributor

Cochran, David S., author

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

13 p.

Format

PDF

Description

This case study exists in digital form only. It is written by David S. Cochran and revised by Dag Spicer.

The HP-35 was the epitome of a revolutionary mousetrap. Hand-held four function calculators were already on the market. Few could imagine a machine with scientific calculation capability that would fit in your shirt pocket, but many could readily see the use and the need started growing in their minds. Developed by Hewlett-Packard
Company in Palo Alto, California at 1501 Page Mill Road and introduced in 1972, the HP-35 was the first full-function, shirt-pocket-sized, scientific calculator. This invention revolutionized the profession by allowing the engineer to make almost instantaneous, extremely accurate scientific calculations, at home, office or in the field. The HP-35 was the innovative culmination of mechanical design, state-of-the-art technology, algorithm development and application; all unique at that time.

Category

Technical Paper or Note

Credit

Gift of David Cochran

Lot Number

X6022.2011