Fitness 3 Micro Computer Handheld Electronic Calculator

This handheld electronic calculator fits in the top of a black leather case the size and shape of a checkbook. A space for checks is below. The calculator has a metal case with plastic trim and display window. It has twenty-four rectangular plastic keys. These include ten digit keys, a clear entry/clear key, a decimal point key, four arithmetic function keys, and a total key. In addition there is an on key, an off key, and a "DS" key. The orange percentage key is marked: CALORIC (/) RATIO. On the far right are three additional orange keys, marked 1, 2, and 3. Marks surrounding these keys read: FITNESS 3 TM. A mark above the keyboard reads: FITNESS 3TM NOW, INC. Also above the keyboard is an eight-digit liquid crystal display.
A mark on the back right corner of the keyboard reads: FITNESS 3 MICRO COMPUTER (/) MADE IN TAIWAN. A mark on the lower portion of the case reads: MADE IN TAIWAN.
On July 13, 1981, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. of Nutley, New Jersey applied for a trademark for the phrase FITNESS 3. The trademark record states that the term was first used in commerce in March 1981. The application was abandoned January 31, 1984.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Electronic Search System, Serial Number 73318674.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1981
Fitness Now, Inc.
Physical Description
metal (case material)
leather (carrying case material)
plastic (keys; trim material)
glass (display material)
overall: 1/4 in x 6 in x 2 3/4 in; .635 cm x 15.24 cm x 6.985 cm
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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