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Retro

World’s Smallest Lite-Brite

World’s Smallest Lite-Brite

SuperImpulse makes tiny versions of classic toys, from Stretch Armstrong to the Etch-a-Sketch. But one of our childhood favorites was the precursor to pixel art – the Lite-Brite. This mini version measures just 3″ wide x 2.75″ high, and includes 150 tiny pegs to lose.

How Animorph Covers Were Made

How Animorph Covers Were Made

Animorphs’ book covers are more famous than the actual stories. Lazy Game Reviews got his hands on the software that artist David Mattingly used for his covers. But due to the software’s limitations, he painted about half of each cover to make them look, uh, better.

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Bull Motor Board Track Motorcycles

Bull Motor Board Track Motorcycles

Bull Motor Co. makes vintage-inspired board track motorcycles with weathered hand-painting and airbrushing. Their standard models are based on classic board track models, but they also accept custom orders. The bikes are powered by a 66cc two-stroke motor.

Replicade Street Fighter II Arcade

Replicade Street Fighter II Arcade

New Wave Toys’ latest Replicade sixth-scale arcade machine is a miniature replica of the original Street Fighter II: Champion Edition cabinet. It also comes with Super Street Fighter II Turbo. You also get a matching miniature USB fight stick if you pre-order.

Keaton Music Typewriter

Keaton Music Typewriter

A brief demonstration of a rare piece of office equipment c. 1953. The Keaton Music Typewriter made it relatively easy to create sheet music much in the same way you’d type a letter. If you made a mistake, however, you’d have to wait until 1956 for correction fluid to be invented.

Leonard Nimoy’s Laser Disc Player

Leonard Nimoy’s Laser Disc Player

A wonderful time capsule of the early 1980s, this fantastically cheesy promo clip for the Magnavox Magnavision VH-8000 Laser Video Disc Player featured a mustachioed Leonard Nimoy as the curious consumer as he learned about the player from a talking light-up rock.

Retro Tech: The CalcuPen

Retro Tech: The CalcuPen

These days, if you need a calculator, you simply use your smartphone. But there was a time when calculators were popular standalone problem solving tools. Techmoan checks out another retro oddity – a 1970s calculator crammed into a clunky writing instrument.

My ’70s Vlog

My ’70s Vlog

After coming across his dad’s old 8mm film camera, Paul Howard Allen decided to see if he could shoot an episode using the antiquated photo gear and a cassette recorder. He was able to pull it off, but it’s clear that today’s tech is superior in every possible way.

The Floppy Disk Boombox

The Floppy Disk Boombox

Techmoan shows off some more more awesomely weird retro tech. The Roland MT-80S was a compact music player that played back MIDI files using songs stored on a 3.5 inch floppy disk. Since it was designed for learning music, it also packed a digital metronome.

Bamboo Flip Clock

Bamboo Flip Clock

A modern take on the mechanical flip clock designs of the 1970s. This version features a vertically-oriented case made from bamboo wood and has a swinging pendulum at the bottom. Measures 18.9″ tall, and runs on one C-cell battery.

Crosley CT100A Cassette Player

Crosley CT100A Cassette Player

Crosley goes old school with this a portable retro tape deck. It also has an AM/FM radio as well as access to two short wave radio bands. It can also play music from USB drives or an SD card. It also has a record feature, a built-in microphone and a headphone jack.

Retro Gaming Console

Retro Gaming Console

This NES-inspired retro console comes pre-loaded with 600 remakes of 8-bit games, along with a pair of wired controllers. It’s on sale now in The Awesomer Shop, where you can grab an extra 20% off with promo code BFSAVE20 (valid thru 11/27/18).

Dot-Matrix Music

Dot-Matrix Music

What you’re looking at may look like an old dot-matrix printer – but it’s been turned into a musical instrument by Midi Desaster. By manipulating the print heads, it plays music – in this case, some classic Foo Fighters. More printer tunes here.

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Dataplay: The Disc That Time Forgot

Dataplay: The Disc That Time Forgot

Techmoan looks at the history of the DataPlay, a tiny optical disc format. Launched in 2001, it could carry up to 500MB of data in a disc just a tad bigger than a dollar coin. Unfortunately, its reliance on other companies and non-rewritable nature spelled doom for the disc.

Do It All the Time

Do It All the Time

While the song’s sound is distinctively 1980s, the music video for I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME’s track Do It All the Time looks like it was created by Kraftwerk back in the late 1970s. Even if they got their dates a little wrong, the track is a serious earworm.

Aaron Grooves on Pac-Man

Aaron Grooves on Pac-Man

Musician AaronGrooves puts a seriously shiney new coat of paint onto the theme music from the 1980s arcade game Pac-Man, playing the classic 8-bit tune on xylophone, drums, ukulele, cowbell, and a loop machine.

Toyota Mega Ace II Minivan

Toyota Mega Ace II Minivan

Based on a 1991 Toyota LiteAce, Yota Imports‘ lifted minivan is the perfect retro-styled off-roader. It packs 4WD, a 2.0L turbodiesel engine, a sweet skylight roof, and offers seating for eight that converts into a bed.

The Sound of ’80s Movies

The Sound of ’80s Movies

Julian Palmer of The Discarded Image takes a look back at the unique sound textures found in movies from the 1980s. While some of the highly-synthesized soundscapes feel dated or shallow, others were pioneering and perfectly suited the content on screen.

Conan’s First Episode

Conan’s First Episode

“You better be as good as Letterman… or else!” To celebrate the upcoming launch of their online archive, Team Coco re-released the first ever episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, dating back 25 years to 9/13/1993, when he first landed on the talk show scene.

Polymega Multisystem Console

Polymega Multisystem Console

This retro console is now available for preorder. It not only can play games from CD-ROM based systems like SEGA CD, Saturn, NEC TurboGrafx, Neo Geo, and PS1, but it can be expanded with modules and controllers to play cartridge-based games.

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Getting Dressed in the 18th Century

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century

Think having to put on a suit and tie for work is a drag? Check out this demonstration from the National Liverpool Museums which walks us through some of the complexities of menswear in the 1700s, and you might feel better when you can’t go casual. Ladies had it way worse.

Throwboy Iconic Pillows

Throwboy Iconic Pillows

Throwboy is back with a series of throw pillows inspired by some of Apple’s most iconic designs. The collection includes the 1977 Apple II, 1984 Macintosh, 1998 Bondi Blue iMac, 2001 iPod, and 2007 iPhone. Each pillow measures appx. 13″ x 13″ x 5″.

Henson, Kermit, Rowlf, and Arsenio

Henson, Kermit, Rowlf, and Arsenio

A charming classic interview from The Arsenio Hall Show featuring the late, great Jim Henson, in which he, Kermit the Frog, and Rowlf the Dog all answered Hall’s questions. We love his explanation about Rowlf’s broken arm.

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

If the Nintendo Entertainment System came out in the 1920s instead of the 1980s, the music its games played might have sounded a bit like the ragtime jazz piano arranged and played brilliantly here by musician Scott Bradlee.

eBay in 1988

eBay in 1988

Squirrel Monkey’s retro tech series Wonders of the World Wide Web ponders what it might have been like if eBay shipped on floppy diskettes, and was available all the way back in 1988, complete with the most hilariously skeuomorphic user experience ever.

OriginX Arcade Cabinet

OriginX Arcade Cabinet

Love Hulten’s wall-mounted arcade machine not only plays classic games, but is modeled after the design of the original 1972 Pong machine. It has dual arcade controls, and an 19″ LCD screen, and a software barrel-distortion mask to match its curved bezel.

Ceramic Computer Planter

Ceramic Computer Planter

Artist Wyatt Little presents a truly unique way to cultivate a houseplant. This handmade, rust-colored ceramic vessel looks like an old-school desktop computer and monitor. Measures 8″(l) x 7.5″(w) x 9″(h). We suppose you could attempt the same with an actual computer case.

Going Online 1979 Style

Going Online 1979 Style

FozzTexx offers a flashback to what life was like for computer users in the late 1970s. Check out the sleek styling and cutting edge monochrome screen on that TRS-80 Model II, complete with 8″ floppy drive and acoustic coupler! They left out the modem squeal, so here you go.

Rymek Retro Keyboard

Rymek Retro Keyboard

This clicky mechanical keyboard captures the essence of classic typewriters. It works as a dock for tablets, offers both Bluetooth and wired connectivity, and its clever carriage knob doubles as a volume and backlight brightness control. Coming to Indiegogo June 2018.

Japanese Atari Messenger Bag

Japanese Atari Messenger Bag

Show your love for retro video games with this sweet dark red messenger bag, embellished with the Japanese version of gaming great Atari’s iconic logo. We suggest using it to carry a LYNX portable, a selection of game cartridges, and some old Antic magazines.

Ocean Alley: Baby Come Back

Ocean Alley: Baby Come Back

“All day long, wearing a mask of false bravado…” The eclectic Sydney, Australia band Ocean Alley dusts off a 1970s classic – Player’s 1977 hit Baby Come Back, making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside thanks in no small part to Baden Donegal’s soulful lead vocals.

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