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Casio

Probably best known for their calculators, watches, and portable TVs, the company has also been producing computers for many years, being one of the companies to support the MSX standard.

Based in Shibuya, Japan, the company was founded in 1946 as Kashio Seisakujo, before becoming the Casio Computer Co Ltd in 1957.

Their first calculator was based on solenoids, and took up a large share of a desktop, it was released in 1954, and was Japan's first electro mechanical calculator. An important innovation with this machine was the introduction of the ten key numerical pad.

After becoming Casio, the company released the Model 14A, which was the worlds first all-electric calculator, it was expensive at 485,000 yen, and was based on relays.

By the 1980s Casio was producing handheld calculators worldwide, one of the more famous being the Casio M1, which ran off two AA batteries or mains power, and had functions such as square root.

Over the coming years, scientific calculators would be released, and a great many school children in the UK would use Casio machines to go through their O Level and GCSE exams. Millions have sold globally.

Digital watches have became a huge part of the companies business, with a massive range to suit any budget, from time pieces that only tell the time and date, up to models that contain a remote control for a TV and video, and there were others models no longer available that contained an FM radio, complete with pull-out antennae.

Some of these watches such as the 1983 original G-Shock watch are highly sought after in the collectors market today, and the scratchproof AE-21 will also fetch hundreds of pounds on auction sites.

There are hundreds of models of watches aimed at both gents and ladies, with many different colours and functions. Most are battery powered, and not just digital faces, but also analogue ones too.

Another large part of the Casio business is musical keyboards, which started appearing in the early 1980s. Probably the most famous of these was the VL-1 or the VL-Tone, which was a small handheld unit, that had a few features that made it a craze in school playgrounds around 1981. Firstly it had several different noises built in, such as piano and harp, then it had a rudimentary drum machine, of which the tempo could be altered. It also had the ability to record a tune and play it back. There were two blue keys that could be pressed concurrently to play a saved tune precisely. It also had the ability to alter the sounds in the machine, and of course there was also a calculator.

For the electronic entertainment market, the company produced LCD games, taking on the Game & Watch series from Nintendo. These were quite advanced in both gameplay and technically, and some even featured solar technology to power the machines, rather than rely on batteries.

Other products bought to market from the early 1980s were portable TV sets, film cameras, LCD handheld games, printers and alarm clocks, usually cheaper and with more features than their competitors.

Computer-wise the company made an attempt to enter the Japanese console market in 1983, with the PV-1000 machine. Only 13 games were released, and due to a late release, the machine came up against the Nintendo Famicom and the Sega SG-1000. Casio realised quickly that the machine was not going to compete, and withdrew it from sale after only a few months.

A computer followed using a similar spec to the console, this was the PV-2000, it had built-in BASIC CS-83, but only 4K of RAM, which through an expansion could be raised to 16K. This was also only released in Japan.

The PV-2000 was also not a success and like the PV-1000 before it, was not on the market long, and both are now very rare collector's items. Second-hand machines invariably have a disintegrated keyboard due to the vinyl used in it's construction.

After these machines came the PV-7 and PV-16, which were the first to adopt the MSX standard, though the PV-7 only had 8K of RAM, so could not use MSX software unless an expansion unit was present (the KB-7). The PV-16 had more memory and was by far the most successful of the two. Again these machines did not make it past the Japanese market.

More MSX computers such as the MX-10 and MX-101 followed, the latter has a built in TV aerial, which broadcasts the computer to a TV with an aerial. The international version of the MX-10 is the MX-15.

In 1995, Casio again released a console - the Casio Loopy. Aimed at girls, it had the unique feature of having a sticker printer built in.

The company today continues to provide the worldwide market with watches, digital cameras, cash registers, laptops, mobile phones, and has also in the past produced PDAs and electronic diaries and dictionaries.

Timeline for Casio :

Date Event
1703 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz invents the Binary System
Nov 1981 News Article : Casio programmable puts more power in hand
Mar 1983 News Article : PB-100 pocket computer from Casio
28 Jul 1983 News Article : Money Snake
8 May 2020 Retro Charity Streamathon - 8-10 May 2020


Hardware Products

Casio HR-110T

Casio HR-110T
Unknown
Printing calculator - 10 digits.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio AL-2000 Programmable Calculator

Casio AL-2000 Programmable Calculator
1970
Casio Model AL-2000, S/N 205664 Functions: ASMD, square root, 4 memories Programming: 30 steps, 14 instructions, no conditionals Technology: DTL (SSI and discrete), MOS MSI, magnetic core memory Displ...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio 121-U Calculator

Casio 121-U Calculator
1973
Manufacturer: CASIOModel: 121UAKA: MODEL 121-UYear: 1973Display: VCF-tubes (12+1)Circuits: NEC: µPD284CDimensions: 215x175x55 mmPower type: 6V-4xC / AdapterOrigin: Japan Further information at http://www.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio Personal-I (H802)

Casio Personal-I (H802)
1976
Brand: Casio Electronic Calculator Model: personal-I (H-802) Batteries: AA x 2 Size (approx): 74mm x 123mm x 22mm (w,h,d)Weight 108g including batteries.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio AL-10 Electronic Calculator

Casio AL-10 Electronic Calculator
1976
The AL-10 was Casio's first calculator range to handle fractions and sexagesimal numbers easily.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-110 Scientific Calculator

Casio FX-110 Scientific Calculator
1977
Size (approx): 84 (w) mm x 152 (h) mm x 22.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-502P

Casio FX-502P
1978
Information from the Calculator.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Computer

Casio AQ-1000 Calculator

Casio AQ-1000 Calculator
1978
This is one of the early LCD clock style models from Casio.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio VL-Tone

Casio VL-Tone
1980
The VL-1 was the first instrument of Casio's VL-Tone product line, and is sometimes referred to as the VL-Tone.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Peripheral

Casio fx-180P

Casio fx-180P
1980
The Casio fx-180p is a programmable calculator offering 38 merged program steps, plus six registers.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio fx-310

Casio fx-310
1980
The Casio fx-310 is a scientific calculator with 8 digits precision and algebraic logic.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-720P

Casio FX-720P
1982
Casio FX-720p Personal Computer Keyboard QWERTY calculator type 54 keys with numeric keypad CPU HD61913 CMOS VLSI Speed 455 kHz ceramic resonator used as system clock RAM one RAM card with 2k...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

PsION

PsION
1982
The fx-602p released around 1982 is thought by many as the finest calculator Casio ever made.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio MG-777

Casio MG-777
1982
This four-function calculator has an additional gaming mode.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio PB-110

Casio PB-110
1983
Similar to the PB-100, the PB-110 is a very simple BASIC-programmable pocket computer from Casio.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio MSX Personal Computer MX-10 Type B

Casio MSX Personal Computer MX-10 Type B
1983
The MX-10 is the successor of the Casio PV-16 with the same characteristics but with an exception: to make the computer as small as possible, the tape interface was removed from the machine as with the PV-7.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Computer

Casio FX-910

Casio FX-910
1984
Casio fx-910 Electronic Calculator Number of functions 42+5mem+9stat Number of keys 38Display type LCDNumber of digits on display 9+indic (8 or 6+2 + indic)Functions list "MODE Sqrt log ln a'(b/c) &...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio Mini-Card MC-34

Casio Mini-Card MC-34
1985
This is a Datcard type of calculator.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-750P

Casio FX-750P
1985
Casio FX-750P Personal Computer Casio's idea beneath this machine was to offer a modular memory based on memory cards.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-7000G graphing calculator

Casio FX-7000G graphing calculator
October 1985
The Casio fx-7000G is notable for being the world's first graphing calculator.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-730P

Casio FX-730P
1986
Casio FX-730P Personal Computer often referred to as programmable calculator RAM (total):8 / 16 Kb (0 or 1 ramcard of 8 Kb)RAM available 7,520 / 15,712 bytesText screen: 1 line of 24 charactersDimensions: 165 x 77 x 13 mmWeight: 139 g.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-570

Casio FX-570
1986
Casio fx-570 Scientific calculator also known as the fx-570B Introduction date 1986 Number of keys 39 Display type LCD Number of digits on display 10+2+indic Functions list Scientif...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-850P

Casio FX-850P
1987
The Casio FX-850P is a scientific calculator introduced in 1987 and sold until 1992 2 lines with 32 57 characters LCD (some indicators and a 5 digit 7-segment display) 8 KB RAM (FX-860P: 24 KB, FX-880P: 32 KB) CPU: VLSI at 1,228MHz.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio Digital Diary SF-4000

Casio Digital Diary SF-4000
November 1988
Casio Digital Diary SF-4000 The Casio SF-4000 ($109.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FT-21 Fortune Telling Calculator

Casio FT-21 Fortune Telling Calculator
November 1988
Casio FT-21 Fortune Telling Calculator with clock and alarm Casio are one of the world's largest manufacturers of pocket calculators.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-82L Fraction

Casio FX-82L Fraction
1989
Casio - fx-82L Description Brand: Casio Model: fx-82L (large display) Type: Scientific calculator Batteries: AA x 2 Introduced: around 1989 Terminated: unknown Notes: The Casio...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-8500G calculator & FA-80 Interface

Casio FX-8500G calculator & FA-80 Interface
1989
Casio fx-8500G Graphing calculator with the FA-80 Cassette Interface.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio FX-82C

Casio FX-82C
1989
The Casio fx-82C is a scientific calculator with 8 digits precision and algebraic logic.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Computer

 Casio BOSS - Buisness Organising Scheduling System

Casio BOSS - Buisness Organising Scheduling System
1989
Telephone directory Schedule (with schedule alarm) Memorandum Reminder Calendar Home time and world time Data communications...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio Super Picky Talk

Casio Super Picky Talk
1990
The Super Picky Talk, released in 1990 functions like a PDA, with a stylus, but is tailored to the children's market, with a dog or a cat at start up for instance.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : PDA

Casio FA-6

Casio FA-6
1990
The FA-6 Interface was used with the Casio FX-603P, Casio FX-840P, Casio FX-841P, Casio FX-850P, Casio FX-860P, Casio FX-860Pvc, Casio FX-870P, Casio FX-880P, Casio FX-890P, Casio VX-1, Casio VX-2, Ca...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Peripheral

Casio QV-10A LCD Camera

Casio QV-10A LCD Camera
1995
The Casio QV-10 was the worlds first consumer LCD digital camera, originally developed by a team led by Hiroyuki Suetaka in 1995.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Peripheral

Casio Loopy Mouse

Casio Loopy Mouse
1995
This mouse (product code XN-110) connects to the Casio Loopy game console.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Peripheral

Casio Loopy Magical Shop

Casio Loopy Magical Shop
1995
Along with the release of the Loopy, Casio released an accessory called the Magical Shop (or more specifically the Video Seal Word Processor Magical Shop).

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Peripheral

Casio Loopy

Casio Loopy
October 1995
The Casio Loopy, subtitled My Seal Computer SV-100, was a 32-bit home video game console.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Game Console

Casio fx-82SX

Casio fx-82SX
1996
The Casio fx-82SX is a scientific calculator with algebraic logic.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio CFX-9850GC Plus Calculator

Casio CFX-9850GC Plus Calculator
1996
Color power graphic calculator. 64KB memory (61000-byte user memory) Graphic functions Advanced statistics Financial functions 21-column x 8-line display, 127x63 dot BASIC-like programming function Da...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio Digital Diary SF-4300A

Casio Digital Diary SF-4300A
1997
Telephone directory Schedule (with schedule alarm) Memorandum Reminder Calendar Home time and world time Data communications...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Cassiopeia E-11

Cassiopeia E-11
1998
Operating system: Microsoft Windows CE 2.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : PDA

Cassiopeia E-105

Cassiopeia E-105
1999
This is a PDA that uses Windows CE as an operating system.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : PDA

Casio fx-83MS

Casio fx-83MS
2000
A calculator with hard case. The Casio fx-83MS is a scientific calculator with 12 digits precision and formula input logic. It has 240 functions, 50 keys, and an LCD (liquid crystal) display. The powe...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator

Casio PV-S660 Pocket Viewer

Casio PV-S660 Pocket Viewer
2002
Pocket Viewer (Casio PV) was a model range of Personal digital assistants developed by Casio.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : PDA

Casio OH-300ES

Casio OH-300ES
2012
This Casio Scientific calculator emulates the FX-300ES, and has a projective screen.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Calculator


Software Products

Anime Land (あにめらんど)

Anime Land (あにめらんど)
1995
Illustration software. Under the guidance of a fairy, players can create an anime-style character. Alternatively they can create cartoon scenes featuring animals and symbols. The images can be printe...

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Software - Game

PC Collection (パソコン・コレクション)

PC Collection (パソコン・コレクション)
1995
A mini game collection containing 10 applications including word processors, drawing, music composer, horoscope, and so on.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Software - Game


Promotional Items

Casio FX-602P / FX-601P Leaflet

Casio FX-602P / FX-601P Leaflet
May 1981
This 6-page leaflet advertises two models in Casio's pocket calculator range from 1981.

Manufacturer : Casio
Type : Promotional Item


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