Here is a great old commercial for one of the first electronic pocket calculators. It was released in the 70s for around $350 which would be closer to about $1200 adjusted to 2008 currency. I think I’ll stick with my TI-89.
I’ve recoded this from the source to provide a better version than you can find on YouTube or other sites. Check it out![flv]http://www.ineedcaffeine.com/videos/shaprcalc.flv[/flv]
Learn more about this gadget here: http://www.oldcalculatormuseum.com/sharpel-8.html
Here for internal photos: http://www.oldcalculatormuseum.com/facit.html