The plastic packaging (that's impossible to open) and austere, white packing material of today may be what modern techies crave, but it can have us wishing for the days of vintage technology when a camera box was practically a work of midcentury art. Before the days of perfectly polished stock photos of the gear inside, old tech was adorned in pictures and fonts so specific to its era, they wouldn't look that out of place hanging alongside your home art collection. Read on for a look at a time when cameras and tech toys offered just a bit more whimsy from the shelves.
Yesterday, Apple unveiled an unbelievably thin new 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro and, as the lightest MacBook Pro ever, this latest release pushes the company's standards of industrial design. We got a little laptop nostalgia after seeing the newest notebook, recalling the days of tangerine clamshell iBooks and tiny 12-inch PowerBooks. Take a look at 23 years of mobile personal computing, Mac-style.
For those who have spent time wondering what the floppy drives of yesterday are doing today, here's your answer: eight of them formed a band and went into the business of covering classic movie theme songs. Created by Anand Jain, the antiquated computer-storage solutions get new life as upcycled musicians. If you ain't afraid of no ghosts, groove to the floppy drives' version of the Ghostbusters theme below.
Happy 8-Track Tape Day! In the spirit of our favorite gadgets of yesteryear, we took a stroll down technology memory lane. Whether you grew up with 8-tracks, records, cassette tapes, or you're a child of the digital age, reminisce on the days before Spotify and iPads in the gallery.
What was your favorite childhood gadget?
Remember those clunky, handheld electronic games you had as a kid? Now there's a website that lives to re-create them and lets you play old favorites like Donkey Kong, Jr. and The Terminator. Pica Pic contains 19 classic games within its simple and clean design. To play a game, select one from the rolling menu and click Play. The game is enlarged to fill the whole screen, and shows you which keys to use to control it — or just use your mouse. Vintage geek win!
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Modcloth, purveyors of a wealth of vintage-inspired wares (second only to my love of Urban Outfitters), has two new options for professing your camera love: the Stick With It Magnet Set ($10) and the Sweet Snapshots Air Freshener ($6).
Both feature sweet yellow, vintage, plastic cameras, awesome for their kitsch factor and adorably affordable (the air freshener comes in pink, too!). And both are fun ways to declare your vintage geek.
Each is a replica of the well-known Nintendo and Super Nintendo controller and plugs into any computer via USB for playing games. I was a huge SNES-junkie as a kid (Mario Kart, what?), so even looking at a photo of the controllers puts my nostalgia in overdrive — and I'm not even a computer game junkie. The only thing that could make these better is if I could use them to control movies or music volume!
If you long for the days when a cell phone was just a phone, and probably a Nokia one at that, then this post is for you. The French company Lekki has released refurbished and jazzed up versions of the Nokia 3210, that ubiquitous phone of the late '90s, as well as the Motorola StarTAC (complete with retractable antenna, of course).
The refurbished phones still maintain the decidedly low-tech features like monophonic ringtones and the classic game Snake, but they come in amazing candy colors like green, yellow, and magenta, so they'll look right at home with any modern hipster outfit.
The bad news? Both the Nokia 3210 ($98) and the Motorola StarTAC 130 ($163) are only compatible with GSM 900 or 900/1800 networks, meaning we won't be able to relive the days of sneaking phone calls in the school halls and composing genius ringtones here in the US. Nevertheless, check out some photos of the (bomb) phones in the gallery below!
We never seem content with the sleek, high-tech look of smartphones, and this iPhone landline disguise is no exception. Just plop your iPhone into the retro dock's recess and connect it to the handset, and voilà: yet another old-school way to answer your calls.
Even the PhoneXPhone's description calls this $42 item "almost useless," but its one minor functionality is the ability to easily access apps while talking on the phone via the headset. Plus, it comes in bright colors (including blue, white, and red) and would probably add a nice pop of color to your home decor. I think it's cute, but then again, I love anything vintage geek. What you think?