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Retro

Letterman Interviews André the Giant

Letterman Interviews André the Giant

“The worst is when I go to Japan, all those cars are so small over there.” A classic 1984 interview between David Letterman and wrestling great and The Princess Bride star André The Giant, as he chatted about his size, his wrestling injuries, and how he relaxed.

Playing Video Games with a Laser

Playing Video Games with a Laser

Techmoan is usually showing off unusual retro tech, this time host Mat has something a bit different. Here, he shows how to play vector-style video games using Wicked Lasers’ LaserOS. Check out StandupMath’s video for a more impressive demo of a laser-based game.

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RetroTech: Recordable Paper

RetroTech: Recordable Paper

Mat from UK channel Techmoan loves to dig up obscure old technology and examine it in depth. Here, he checks out an old 1970s tech from 3M and Ricoh which allowed audio to be recorded and played back from sheets of paper which were backed with a magnetic coating.

From Atari to Chuck E. Cheese

From Atari to Chuck E. Cheese

Great Big Story presents a short interview and documentary about Nolan Bushnell, the man who not only gave birth to the video game industry, as founder of Atari, but who also founded numerous other companies, including Pizza Time Theater, home to Chuck E. Cheese.

WhatsApp in the ’80s

WhatsApp in the ’80s

Squirrel Monkey’s alternative past video series looks back at how WhatsApp might have worked if it came out in the late 1980s – using an MS-DOS computer, a dial-up modem, and a pager to deliver messages to its users.

Raadition Apple II PC Case

Raadition Apple II PC Case

The Raadition is a PC chassis that looks exactly like the classic Apple II computer. It even comes with a built-in mechanical keyboard with your choice of Cherry MX switches. It’s not for newbie builders and is a bit noisy under load, but it sure beats modding the real deal.

Retro Tech: Random Number Machine

Retro Tech: Random Number Machine

Techmoan loves to collect and examine unusual bits of technology from our past. One of the more interesting gadgets he’s come across is the Nu-Spin – a single purpose device which generates random numbers and displays them on cool old gas-filled nixie tubes.

The Oregon Trail Handheld Game

The Oregon Trail Handheld Game

You can play The Oregon Trail on your phone and even in your browser. But Basic Fun’s port adds a fair amount of nostalgia with its chiptune music, retro case and large buttons. It’s officially a Target exclusive, but you can also order it from Amazon.

Netflix in 1995

Netflix in 1995

For their latest episode of “Wonders of the World Wide Web,” Squirrel Monkey envisions what it might have been like to used Netflix to stream movies and other videos back in the days of dial-up modems, HotBot, and Excite!

Chronos Art Nixie Clock

Chronos Art Nixie Clock

A surprisingly well-priced nixie tube clock, with a bright, easy-to-read display made from vintage soviet front-facing tubes. Each one is handmade with a solid wood case, and features a 7-day alarm capability. Available with or without RGB LED backlighting.

Halycon Days

Halycon Days

Along with Don Bluth, game designer Rick Dyer created 1980s classics like Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. He would later design a radical (and expensive) game system called “Halcyon.” Polygon explores the tale of the failed console that foretold today’s voice-based AI systems.

The Legend of Zorba

The Legend of Zorba

Kevin Lieber of Vsauce2 got his hands on a vintage 1980s Telcon Zorba, an early “portable” CP/M-based PC, and demonstrates just how far we’ve come in the last 30 years, along with a little round of ZORK, still considered to be one of the greatest adventure games of all time.

Kids React to Record Players

Kids React to Record Players

The Fine Brothers panel of youngsters goes hands-on with another technological dinosaur – a “portable” turntable. While they’re clearly fascinated with the mechanical music player, there’s no doubt they’re all going back to streaming digital tunes as soon as they’re done.

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Disney’s Magic Highway U.S.A.

Disney’s Magic Highway U.S.A.

Back in 1958, Disney envisioned the future of America’s highways and automotive tech. While we still don’t have flying ambulances or self-building roads, backup cameras and traffic apps are everyday items, and autonomy is closer than ever. Watch the full movie here.

Retro Tech: SANYO Micro-Pack 35

Retro Tech: SANYO Micro-Pack 35

Techmoan takes a look at another fascinating bit of retro technology, an alternative approach to portable audio tapes that was being developed by Sanyo at the same time that Philips was working on the cassette tape. We love the heft of that old player.

Tiny Record Player

Tiny Record Player

For his latest archeotechnological dig, Techmoan rewinds back to 2004 to show off the Bandai 8-ban – a collectible from Japan which plays tiny 3″ vinyl records. Unfortunately, the one-sided recordings only could hold 4 minutes of lo-fi monophonic sound.

Retro Video Game Puzzle

Retro Video Game Puzzle

A nifty puzzle based on the neatly organized photography of artist Jim Golden, this 1000 piece set features a gallery of classic video game systems, accessories, and games, from the Atari 2600 to the Mattel IntelliVision. The perfect gift for the gamer on your list.

My Arcade: Data East Classics

My Arcade: Data East Classics

A handheld gaming system packed with hundreds of classic arcade games from the now defunct Data East, including Bad Dudes, Karate Champ, B-Wings, BurgerTime, Joe & Mac, and more. Available in landscape and GameBoy style designs.

Mechanical Speech Synthesis & More

Mechanical Speech Synthesis & More

The Royal Institution shares a 1985 lecture by professor David Pye as he shows off a vintage analog device which allowed a skilled player to synthesize sounds that approximated a human voice. He then showed off what was then state-of-the-art electronic speech synthesis.

Candle Factory c. 1963

Candle Factory c. 1963

We’re guessing not much has changed about the way candles are made since this film was made over 50 years ago, showcasing the assembly line at Price’s Patent Candle Co. and waxing philosophical (pun intended) about the ways in which candles play a part in our lives.

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Mini Centipede Arcade Machine

Mini Centipede Arcade Machine

New Wave Toys’ RepliCade is an upcoming line of fully-functional sixth scale (i.e. 12″ tall) arcade machine scale models. The series is kicking off with Centipede. It has a wood cabinet, LED backlighting, laminated overlays and coin return buttons that work as controls.

The Dirty Mac: Yer Blues

The Dirty Mac: Yer Blues

A rare performance from a one-shot supergroup comprised of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell, as they rock out a rough-hewn track that’s as good as any garage blues we’ve ever heard. Bonus points for the silly chat between Lennon and Mick Jagger.

JFCADE Arcade Briefcases

JFCADE Arcade Briefcases

Jason Fernandez takes retro hard-sided briefcases and kits them out with a Raspberry Pi-powered arcade emulator, an LCD screen, a removable arcade joystick, light-up buttons, and a lithium ion battery pack for portability. Now you can pack your Pac-Man anywhere!

Retro Tech: The Panapic

Retro Tech: The Panapic

Techmoan looks at another strange and wonderful bit of retro technology. This time, he unboxes a 40-year-old gadget from Japan that does something we’ve never seen before. We won’t spoil the surprise, and will let you discover it for yourself.

1945 “Dashcam” Footage

1945 “Dashcam” Footage

These days, millions of cars are equipped with dashcams to record incidents on the road. But check out this black and white film footage from a camera mounted first on the front, then on the rear of a car as it drives through Manhattan more than 70 years ago.

How a Mellotron Works

How a Mellotron Works

Bell Tone Synth Works provides a look inside a keyboard that predates the digital sampler. The Mellotron used multiple strips of magnetic tape to play sounds recorded from other musical instruments. The M400 shown here is from the 1970s, but you can see an earlier model here.

The Mad Doctor

The Mad Doctor

Go back to 1933 with this thoroughly creepy Walt Disney cartoon, starring Mickey Mouse as he attempts to rescue his dog Pluto from an evil doctor. Beyond its Halloween-appropriate plot, it’s a great reminder how good animation can be when every single frame is hand-drawn.

Wallcade Classic Arcade Machine

Wallcade Classic Arcade Machine

Etsy store BasementArcades makes the Wallcade Classic, a wall-mounted arcade machine. It protrudes only 16″ from the wall and weighs only 45lb. It has a 2-player setup, a 22″ LCD display, over 3,300 games and customizable cabinet graphics.

The C64 Mini

The C64 Mini

The classic 8-bit computer jumps on the mini bandwagon with a 50% scale version. It comes with dozens of games, a joystick, and has HDMI output with CRT and scanline emulation. The mini keyboard isn’t functional, but you can connect your own via USB. Drops early 2018.

Zette Portable Retro Gaming Console

Zette Portable Retro Gaming Console

The latest from gadget wizard Love Hulten. The Zette System looks like a toy boombox, but it’s actually a portable retro video game console. The tape deck splits into two controllers, and one of the speakers has a 480p projector. There’s also a variant that has an arcade stick.

Jaguar E-Type Zero

Jaguar E-Type Zero

It might be 50 years old, but this E-Type is anything but antique. This Series 1.5 roadster has been beautifully restomodded with a pure-electric drivetrain that cranks out nearly 300 hp, launching it from 0-to-62 mph in 5.5s – about a second quicker than its original V6 gas engine.

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