Mayan Calculator

2016

Mayan Calculator

I wanted to make a working Mayan calculator.

Mayan Numbers

  • Mayan numbers are base 20.
  • Mayan digits are made of dots and lines. A dot is one and a line is 5; a bit like a tally.

    Mayan Numbers

  • Mayan numbers are writtem vertically with the units at the bottom.

For example:

Decimal         Mayan
10,0001,000100101
       
160,000
8,000
400
20
1

You can also view the calculator fullscreen 

My Mayan Calculator

  • The calculator only works with positive numbers. Any negative number will give a result of zero.
  • It only works with whole numbers. Any decimals are rounded to a whole number.
  • It only supports upto 6 Mayan digits which is upto 64,000,000 in decimal.

What I Did

  • First I designed the calculator on paper.
  • Then I made the calculator out of wood.
  • I wanted the calculator to work so I took a picture of the wooden one I had made,
  • I had to then make a font of the Mayan numbers. I did this on fontstruct.com  . Because there are 20 Mayan digits I used the capital letters A-T for the numbers. Mayan letters do not have capitals and lower case so I kept the lower case letter (a-z) for the Mayan letters. I only needed to make a Mayan "c" for the Clear button. I also added the basic maths symbols to my new Mayan font.
  • I then needed to work out how to convert between base 20 and base 10 so I could do all the calculations in base 10.
  • Finally, I wrote some Python code to make a working Mayan Calculator.

Wooden Calculator

You can download my font of Mayan numbers here.

For the Mayan translations I used paleoaliens.com  

If you like my Mayan Calculator and want to include it on your website just copy and paste the code below to your page:

Your Comments

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Jim wrote on 06 Mar 2016:
Wow. Very impressive work.
Liezel wrote on 10 Mar 2016:
Brilliant
jassin.c wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
this is so amazing
Jassin wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
wow so cool ice how did you make it :)
Josh Jackson wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwsome
God wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
well done ice this project is the best so far
Josh J wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
SOOOO cool how do you do it
Josh Jackson wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
awesome work ice
pippa and sophie wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
so cool!! well done its amazing and it helps us with home work!! :)
jassin wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lewis Ohenhen wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
Ice your websites the best !
gazmin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
wow
Danil wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing
Anonymous wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
Good job Ice
Bob wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
:0(how did ya do that??!!)
JJ wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
Can you help me with my homework
lol wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
sooooooooooo cooooooooool
Bob wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
:0(how did ya do that??!!)
connor dev wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
cooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!
hayley wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
hi ice that's so cool LOL
the only mayan dude alive wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
you have recreated our calendar perfectly
swag1famalam wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
Sick project ICE
bob wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
wooooooooooooooow
Charlie wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
How did you make the website?
connor dev wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
cooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!
Charlie wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
How did you make the actual website itself?????????????????
The guy who lives in the tunnel :( wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
Do my homework, Sam.
follow the line wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
--------------------- its oliver ;)
Bob wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
:0(how did ya do that??!!)
bob wrote on 17 Mar 2016:
:0(HOW DID YA DO DAT???????) amazing.........................
Flynn wrote on 31 Mar 2016:
Amazing ice I find this project :)
Digger wrote on 19 Jul 2016:
If only there were more clever people like you!