French watchmaker YEMA takes us on a trip back to the 1970s with its retro-futuristic LED watches. They feature a boxy steel case with a segmented red display which tells the time only with the push of a button. Available in brushed stainless steel or goldplate finishes.
Muzen’s tabletop sound system has the look of a vintage Bakelite radio out of the 1940s but has modern technology inside. In addition to its AM/FM radio, it works as a Bluetooth speaker and has an auxiliary input for other sound sources. It cranks out 20 watts of power for room-filling sound. Gotta love that old-school tuning dial.
This teensy replica of the Atari 2600 comes with a miniature TV cabinet. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is loaded with nine 8-bit video games, including Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Combat, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong Tempest, Warlords, and Pac-Man. They’re not the original 2600 versions though.
UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates these nifty 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside.
Fans of Knight Rider will immediately recognize this murdered-out 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as K.I.T.T. Playmobil’s version plays original voice clips and activates its scanner light when you touch its hood. The set includes poseable figures of Michael Knight, Bonnie Barstow, and Devon Miles. Drops May 2022.
Apple released its first Macintosh computer back in 1984, running one of the earliest graphical user interfaces for personal computers. The guys at Nobel Tech put together a retrospective of every version of the Macintosh operating system, from its first public release, System 0.97 to the latest version of macOS 12, Monterrey.
macOS X and its successors have been around since 2001, but those of us who used Apple’s computers in the 20th century remember even earlier versions of the operating system. Designer Michael Feeney imagines what it might have been like if today’s apps ran on the more primitive user interface of macOS 9.
The Commodore Amiga was one of the more powerful PCs of the 1980s. Known for its graphical prowess, it offered some of the best games of its era. This mini version looks like the A500 but supports A1200 graphics. It comes with 25 games and the ability to load more. Comes with a 2-button mouse and a gamepad. Drops early 2022.
Go back to the ’80s with Retro Rifle’s arcade shirt. The black short-sleeve shirt is covered with vibrant neon pixel art inspired by the classic arcade shooter Galaga. It’s made from a custom blend of materials designed for stretch, durability, and sweat resistance. The first in a series of four arcade shirts.
1980s technology had a certain futuristic vibe to it. Maker MarcioT shows off a sweet ’80s-inspired clock he made using an old CRT television and a digital clock he programmed onto an ESP32 microcontroller. The build instructions are available on Instructables with the source code for the Dali Clock on Github.
There’s no question that Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the best movie of the entire franchise. But back in 1991, movie trailers weren’t quite as slick as they are today. Michael Edwards edited together an awesome new trailer for James Cameron’s classic action flick, which also avoids the spoilers of the original trailer.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original LED Pulsar, this remarkable watch has a green dot matrix display as a nod to The Matrix Resurrections. It has an all-black PVD-coated steel case and link bracelet, with a Matrix digital rain pattern inscribed on its case back and on its packaging. It’s limited to 1999 pieces.
Are you an ’80s or ’90s kid? Then you’ll want to hit play on Estuera’s two-part video series about the synthesizers and presets that defined the sounds of two decades. Along the way, he performs excerpts from more than 40 tracks and makes them sound just like the originals, thanks in part to Arturia’s synth emulation tech.
Alan Becker revisits his Animation vs. series yet again. This time, his stick figure characters attempt to play classic arcade games on a MAME cabinet. As they fight over the joystick, things go off the rails and they crawl inside the machine in an attempt to debug the system.
The 1980s brought the first 16-bit PCs, and advances in hardware brought better graphics and sound. Programmers went on to create music synthesizers and sequencers called trackers, which became a demo and hacker scene staple. Ahoy looks back at the history of trackers and the ear-pleasing chiptunes they produced.
Boston Dynamics has made a name for themselves with their humanoid and animal-inspired robots. We’ve previously met Spot, their robo-dog that can handle all kinds of terrain and carry small payloads. Future Punk made this fun video that imagines what Spot might have been like had he come out in the 1990s.
We’ve seen several cool Nixie tube clocks, but this is the first radio we’ve seen that incorporates the vintage numeric displays. Sold in kit form, the radio packs four IN-17 Nixie tubes, an AM/FM tuner, an alarm clock, and a rechargeable battery. It also has Bluetooth/Aux inputs and an SD slot for MP3s. Starts shipping 12.2021.
DOIY Design and Haniboi’s playful wallet is a throwback to the good old cassette tape. While it won’t play you a mix, it will hold your spare change, bills and cards. It’s made from pliable silicone, and comes in grey, teal, neon yellow, and coral. And yes, it has both an “A” side and a “B” side.
Cup Noodles (aka Cup O’ Noodles) have been filling bellies on a budget for 50 years. To celebrate, Nissin has released a series of limited-edition retro t-shirts celebrating the early years of instant ramen. There’s a classic Japanese 1971 tee, a psychedelic ’70s tee, and a neon ’80s tee.
Pixar reimagines the characters from Monsters, Inc. in a 1930s black-and-white cartoon style. Sit back, grab a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy as Mike and Sully once again save their new friend Boo from the slimy Randall Boggs and come up with a better source of energy than screams.
This circuit board-inspired glass cutting board is a great kitchen accessory for tech geeks. Unlike an actual motherboard, it’s perfectly smooth, so you don’t have to worry about getting bits of onion stuck in the electronics. If the circuit looks familiar to you, that’s because it’s based on the board inside the classic Sinclair ZX81 PC.
To celebrate 20 years of Xbox, Hyperkin is offering these limited edition “Duke” controllers for today’s Microsoft consoles and Windows PCs. The wired controller has vibration feedback, a headset jack, and a display that plays the original Xbox startup animation inside the Xbox button. Available in black, white, or purple Cortana variants.
Unlike most arcade cabinets, Tanoshibe works with your existing gaming systems. Available in 10″ or 24″ sizes, these tabletop cabinets feature arcade joysticks and buttons and work with Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, PC, and even smartphones. An optional emulator board and base upgrade it to a standalone arcade machine.
One of the more popular things to do with footage from the classic Peanuts cartoons is to edit them dancing and singing to make them look like they’re performing a different song. Garren Lazar’s latest edit has the gang tackling the 1971 Yes track Roundabout, and it’s quite perfectly synced up with the prog-rock masterpiece.