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Retro Tech: The Famicom Titler

Retro Tech: The Famicom Titler

Back in 1989, Sharp took the electronics from a Nintendo Famicom 8-bit gaming system and tricked them out to create an early piece of home video wizardy – a tool that could be used to create titles and graphics to overlay on video recordings. Nostalgia Nerd got up close with this obscure gadget to see what it could do.

Vitascope Wood Projector Model

Vitascope Wood Projector Model

ROKR’s bass wood replica of a classic film projector is one of the coolest flat-pack model kits we’ve ever seen. Not only does it look awesome, it actually can project a short loop of film that’s included with the kit. The hand-cranked projector isn’t bright, but it requires no batteries to operate.

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Retro Tech: LASER FX

Retro Tech: LASER FX

Techmoan managed to get his hands on an a truly 1980s gadget, unopened and in its original box. The LASER FX was a home light show that attempted to replicate the experience of a concert with a laser light show. Unfortunately, its lack of an actual laser beam was its downfall. Fortunately, these days we have the LaserCube.

’80s Logo Graphics

’80s Logo Graphics

Take another flashback to the 1980s with this compilation of neon-tinged “high-tech” logo graphics from the era. This vintage video comes from a 1981 showreel from Image West, and extensively used Scanimate, an early analog computer motion graphics system.

ION Boombox Deluxe Bluetooth Speaker

We love the retro ’80s looks of ION’s boombox, which pumps out big sounds from its dual full-range speakers. In addition to playing and recording cassette tapes, it can stream music via Bluetooth, and archive cassettes to a USB stick. Available now at Best Buy.

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road, their company Apple Corps collaborated with Trunk Animation to create a new music video for Here Comes The Sun. The clip takes us inside the famed Abbey Road Studios’ Studio Two, and features rare band images, and film footage shot by Linda McCartney.

Arcade Puzzle Coasters

Arcade Puzzle Coasters

Celebrate your love for classic arcade games with this set of fun drink coasters. Each plastic coaster features a motion puzzle inspired by an 8-bit game, including Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Q*Bert, and Space Invaders. Sold in a set of four.

GameShell Hackable Handheld

There are lots of handheld retro game systems, but the GameShell offers far more versatility than others. In addition to playing emulators for Atari, GB, GBA, NES, MAME, MD, PS1, and more, its modular construction and GNU/LINUX-based dev kit encourages you hack and modify to your liking. Some assembly required.

Talking Steel Guitar

Talking Steel Guitar

Talk box vocal effects reached their height of popularity in the 1970s thanks to Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh, but back in 1964, musician and record producer Pete Drake applied the unique sound to his pedal steel guitar, with this performance of his country blues track Forever. And then there’s this.

Crosley Sterling Turntable

Crosley Sterling Turntable

We really dig the trapezoidal 1950s inspired styling of this retro record player. Like other Crosley turntables, it’s portable and has built-in speakers, but we think it looks best parked on its matching stand. Available with or without Bluetooth capability.

’80s Synth Riffs

’80s Synth Riffs

From The Final Countdown to Take on Me to Axel F, musician shochan8883 catalogs some of the most memorable synthesizer riffs of the 1980s. It’s by no means comprehensive, but entertaining nonetheless. Also, we’re not sure what to make of that Baroque Hoedown.

Video Game Metal Tribute

Video Game Metal Tribute

It’s a couple of years old, but that doesn’t make FamilyJules‘ hard rock medley of classic video game music any less entertaining. Whenever we hear video game music played with this much energy and speed, we think our character is about to run out of health. Grab the MP3 here.

FC-PVM Family Computer

FC-PVM Family Computer

Retro system master builder Love Hultén continues to outdo himself, this time creating a sweet game cabinet not only inspired by the classic Nintendo Famicom system, but has a fully-playable console built-in. It also packs an old-school 9″ Sony Trinitron CRT, and has storage for controllers inside, and cartridges on top.

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RepliTronics Retro Gadgets

RepliTronics Retro Gadgets

New Wave Toys, makers of those awesome miniature arcade machines has some new gadgets for retro tech fans. First up, a miniature change machine you can display alongside your arcade machines that doubles as a 6-port USB charger. There’s also a Walkman-inspired gadget that works as 16000 mAh power bank.

Nintendo’s Weirdest Moments

Nintendo’s Weirdest Moments

When you make games that are as whimsical in nature as Nintendo, you’re bound to have some weird moments over the years. Nintendo fan Shiromi edited together a reel of some of the wackiest things that have happened to Mario, Link, and Kid Icarus and others over the years. Man, the 1990s were a strange time.

Modern Racing, Vintage Camera

Modern Racing, Vintage Camera

These days, smartphone videos are ubiquitous. But there was a time when the only way to capture footage was with a mechanical film camera. Nick Shirrell of filmgrainandoctane shoots modern day auto races using an old Canon Super 8 film camera, then layers in vintage voice tracks. The results are wonderfully retro.

Retro Phone Lamps

Retro Phone Lamps

IDIDTHAT creates whimsical and functional art by reclaiming vintage objects. They have lots of cool stuff in their Etsy shop, but our favorites are these old rotary phones from the 1950s and 1960 which have been converted to desk lamps. Their coiled cords can be bent into various positions, and their LED light source is nice and bright.

Preserving the 1990s Internet

Preserving the 1990s Internet

Back in the 1990s, the internet was a kinder, gentler, and downright sillier place than it is today. Quartz looks back at some of the primitive and cheesy websites of the era, and pontificates on what may happen to the information and content they housed as these sites gradually go offline.

Rocksete Retro Keyboard

Rocksete Retro Keyboard

Another retro keyboard from the makers of the Rymek has a design inspired by classic typewriters, with an art deco body, glossy finishes, and round keycaps. It also packs in a pair of JBL speakers, and has a built-in stand for holding a tablet. It’s still in the pre-pre-order stage, so we’re not sure when it will be available to purchase.

Retro Tech: 1996 SEGA Digio SJ-1

Retro Tech: 1996 SEGA Digio SJ-1

It’s hard to believe it, but digital cameras were just getting their start back in the 1990s. And like every tech gold rush, everyone was jumping on the low megapixel bandwagon, including video game maker SEGA. LGR got his hands on this $300 oddity from 1996, with its whopping 320×240 pixel resolution.

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Funko Big Zoltar Figure

Funko Big Zoltar Figure

Inspired by the vintage fortune telling machine in the 1988 movie Big, this 6-inch figure is one of the cooler Funko POP! designs we’ve seen in a while, and sure to be a classic. There’s also a figure of Tom Hanks on the giant piano at FAO Schwartz. Drops 9/30/2019.

Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

It’s a key sequence PC users dread having to use, but the old “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” is still in use today. Nostalgia Nerd looks back at the origin of this key combo which dates back to the 1980s. We’re sure that Apple will profess that their “Command-Option-Esc” key combo is far superior.

The Art of Atari

The Art of Atari

If you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, there’s not much more iconic than the box art from classic Atari games. Authors Robert V. Conte and Tim Lapetino explore the history of videogaming’s great forefather, and the artists and creative process behind these now classic works.

Uber in the ’80s

Uber in the ’80s

“You can pay the driver in cash, or with a check.” Simply follow these 12 steps to book a ride, and it’ll be at your location sometime in the next 24 hours. Squirrel Monkey envisions yet another modern business might have been like if it had launched some 30 years ago.

Retro iPhone Concept

Retro iPhone Concept

What might the iPhone have been like had it followed in the footsteps of Apple’s 1980s industrial design? Future Punk envisions just that – along with a colorful 1990s take as well. Funny thing is, Apple did design a concept phone in the 1980s.

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