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Why does this digital abacus exist?
2018-02-14T22:43:36Z - Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge
But I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around the iBrain: Digital Abacus, currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. My issue comes with the fact that this company has made a digital abacus, a phrase that feels inherently contradictory at a very basic level. You have not improved the abacus, you have made a very weird calculatorWhich gets me to the other part of the iBrain digital abacus — in addition to its ability to do math slowly, it’s also designed to work with iBrain’s companion app for “brain-training” games as a controller. The company claims that together, the digital abacus system and the brain training games will help children improve at mental math, memory, boost self confidence, and be more creative. The iBrain digital abacus is available with early bird pricing starting at $69 on Kickstarter, and will retail for $149 following the campaign (a price at which one could buy both a regular abacus and an advanced TI-89 graphing calculator, but I digress).

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