These days, we all carry a very capable computer in our pockets. But back in the 1980s, pocket computers looked more like glorified calculators. The 8-Bit Guy takes a look at some of these early examples of miniaturization for a look at just how far computing technology has come in the last few decades.
Concord Aerospace makes replicas of the switches found in NASA’s space vehicles, including the Apollo command module and the Space Shuttle. The switches feature accurate labeling, and can be wired to control circuits, should you decide to build your own basement simulator. You can also order switches with custom labeling.
GRID Studio turns electronic junk into art. To make their unique wall art, they carefully disassemble old smartphones, then meticulously place and glue their components into a shadowbox frame. They currently make versions based on the iPhone 3GS, 4S, and 5, as well as the Nokia E71, and BlackBerry Bold 9000.
Ernest Cline presents the follow-up to his beloved bestseller. After the events of Ready Player One, Wade Watts makes a discovery in Halladay’s vaults – an advancement that could make OASIS even more wondrous – and addictive. Expect a heaping helping of pop culture references when the book hits on 11.24.2020.
Designed by pastry queen Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin of Pies Are Awesome, these stencils make it easy for anyone to create awesomely geeky pies. Designs include C’thulhu, a fire-breathing dragon, a prancing unicorn, and a kittens with deadly weapons, among others.
Paweł Zadrożniak’s complicated computer hardware orchestra consists of 64 floppy drives, 8 hard drives, and a flatbed scanner. Here it performs the song it was truly meant for, Darude’s 1999 hit Sandstorm. Seriously, the DJ should ditch his turntables, and tour with this.