Canada finally invents a solar powered calculator

According to the Canadian Institute of Technology, the thing that makes this calculator unqiue is that it doesn't have a nine. (Youssef Abdelaal/ FLICKR)

According to the Canadian Institute of Technology, the thing that makes this calculator unqiue is that it doesn't have a nine. (Youssef Abdelaal/ FLICKR)

Full points go to the Canadian Institute of Technology this week for finally crossing the finish line in the race to develop a solar powered calculator. Even though the first solar powered calculator arrived on the market over 30 years ago, Canadian technologists have always struggled to complete a device of their own.

Canada now joins the list of the other 148 countries that have developed a solar powered calculator. Many analysts are saying that although late to the game, this breakthrough will help put Canadian Technology back on the map.  

When asked what delayed their progress, Dr. Henry Cowan of the Institute said, "Have you ever tried to make a calculator powered entirely by the sun? It's more difficult than you'd think."

Earlier today Pat Kelly spoke with Dr. Cowan about this great Canadian achievement:

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