I have to admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time in my life thinking about calculators. As a more writing and reading-oriented person, calculators have long been a necessary evil in my life, first in high school math classes and now for things like doing my taxes. I don’t think I’d be far out of line in suggesting that, for most people, neither of those activities is on top of the “things I’m super pumped to do today!” list.
However, a new product called Calcuta has me thinking about calculators in a whole new way. This is not your old Texas Instruments calculator from algebra class. Calcuta has brought the calculator into the 21st century with their phone-based calculator that solves so many of the problems that traditional calculators bring with them.
First of all, the Calcuta calculator lights up every key you’ve touched, so that you never lose place in your calculation. You won’t forget if you’ve already pressed the plus symbol or whether or not you added that last figure, because it’s all there for you to see. Along those same lines, Calcuta lets you edit your calculations with just a swipe to the left. So, for example, you can go back and change some part of the calculation and then see the numbers correct themselves in real time. It’s a great feature for people like me — I always have to do my taxes at least twice because I mess up somewhere along the way and end up with a way-too-high number.
Calcuta also has great options for memory operations. You can actually take a look at what’s stored in your calculator’s memory and put new things there with just a tap. A double tap takes them out again. No more wondering which button means what — it’s all super clear. However, if you also want to get rid of something you’ve done, that’s easy too. Just swipe either left or right across the number, and it’s gone!
And here’s another thing your high school calculator definitely couldn’t do. (And no, I don’t mean that trick where you write “boobs” upside down.) Calcuta lets you send your calculations either to yourself or to friends via mail. They translate your calculation into a simple table format that can easily be placed in a spreadsheet or word processor, so you’ve just cut out an entire step of work by not having to input it yourself.
Finally, Calcuta has a range of options for themes and different colors so you can customize it to look however you want. Take that, Texas Instruments! Now go and download Calcuta (available for iOs) directly from their site.