|Front of the IR7000 Communicator|
|The back featured a small visual guide of some of the main features on the IR7000.|
|The only area that had any kind of cosmetic marring was the cover, and though they look fairly evident in the picture on the right, the light has to catch them just right and then they are apparent.|
There is a one/two player game "Brain Drain" that is embedded in the device, and features a scheduler, calendar, calculator, currency converter, alarm, memo pad, and a world map, with the ability to display in ten different languages. For my part, I think I would have enjoyed the Virtual Pet that was in the predecessor to this model in Casio's official line up. [I was a Tamagotchi nut, having carried around a Yoda virtual pet for like 4 years, in college, until that little thing just wore out.]
|Like all the rest of the Casio line up, this organizer has a comfortable layout for handheld typing.|
Come to think about it, I wonder now how teachers deal with the proliferation of electronic devices kids have now at their disposal to "talk" to one another. It's always a bit of wonder to see how far tech can come in a ten or in this case, twenty year span.
So my final thoughts? Well, since I've still not fired it up as of yet, I can only say that the form factor and look is slick and compact, but Casio has almost always made well designed electronics. I think it's a great and usually affordable odd end collectible for those of you into retro tech or Sega in general. You can usually find one online for around $30 for just the unit, and it's really pretty easy to figure out how to use it.
Until next time, cherish the good things in life, keep your hobbies and interests alive, and be kind to your fellow beings. - Mario, the Rogue Hobbyist.
|Rarity||Very Uncommon - Box and Manual are far more rare|
|Classification||Retro - Released in 1994|
|Worth||$30 to $80 (depending on condition and if box and manual are included)|
|Trivia & Fun Facts||The the IR7000 was a very forward thinking bit of tech, but was actually a Casio product (part of the Secret Sender series) that had been created/branded for Sega. It was marketed to attempt to capture the much younger gaming/school age demographic and bring about texting and messaging aspects using it's IR sender. It would be some years before texting became the mainstay it is now with phones, and a practical cultural norm for most people even as young as eight years old.|