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Pocket and desk calculators typically have an "=" button.
is used by people who not only want to do the calculation,
want to know the result as well. When the "=" button is
pressed, the answer simply appears on the screen,
and without any fuss.
Calculators are often
used for financial calculations, and the
results of such arithmetic often have more immediate and
tangible consequences than other calculations. Yet the
is still summoned using the same "=" key, and still appears
the same lack of spectacle.
Proposed, therefore, is a Ka-ching button, to appear on all
calculators. It will perform the same function as the "="
button but, as the answer appears, will produce the
stereotypical (though monophonic) cash-register sound.
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||If the result is a negative number, can it do "sad trombone"
||Sound of croissant getting squished...... +
||Another reason to do calculations, at highly inappropriate moments.
||Every button on the calculator should have an associated sound effect, a bit like the tone sound of an old-fashioned push-button telephone, but more amusing and creative.
||This would be very easy to Bake as a phone app, but for real enbunnage it should be magnificently Steampunk - a Babbage engine coupled to a Cathedral pipe organ, the assembly being powered by an original Boultin & Watt beam engine.