Techmoan digs up all kinds of strange and wonderful “high-tech” stuff from the past. One of the crazier items has to be this cassette tape which defeated the entire purpose of a cassette, making you load in tiny reels of tape. Perhaps this was the precursor to the fidget spinner.
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Return to the grand days of air travel with a meal aboard a replica Boeing 747 jumbo jet. $300+ for dinner isn’t cheap, but it’s less than a First Class ticket just about anywhere. This LA hotspot sells out months in advance, and they’re considering a Las Vegas location.
Techmoan looks back at one of the odder bits of tech that video game maker Atari created. The Atari Video Music was an analog device that could produce a lightshow on your TV using your stereo system as its input. While it wasn’t a hit, the Atari 2600 was their next release.
Electronic music phenom Ronald Jenkees’ music video is a tour de force of colorful retro-style pixel art, created by animator Ben Luce of Soul Proprietor, who will use funds raised by fans of the video to support cancer research. From the new album Rhodes Deep. (Thanks Scott!)
Techmoan checks out an awesomely complex bit of 1970s tech. The Panasonic RS-296US used a mechanical carousel filled with 20 extra-long cassette tapes to allow for up to 2.5 days of continuous music. There was no way to select individual tracks, but you could choose tapes.
A handheld edition of the classic Atari 2600 game console with a 3.2″ color display. It comes pre-loaded with 60 games, and can also play game ROMs loaded onto an SD card too. Has a built-in rechargeable battery, and can connect to a TV with RCA composite inputs.
Put on your headphones and crank them up to 11 for this incredible 1973 BBC broadcast, featuring musician Mike Oldfield and his bandmates as they perform all 25+ minutes of the esoteric prog rock creation Tubular Bells Part 1, best known for its use in the horror film The Exorcist.
“The greatest advance in television since color television itself!” A hilariously kitschy time capsule of technology over 50 years ago – as RCA shows off its fancy 7-function wireless television remote control which it released back in 1961. Oh, the days before a “mute” button.
David Hoffman released this footage from a 1979 documentary he worked on called The Information Society. In it, privacy expert Alan Westin provided a remarkable view of what future computing might be like. Among his predictions – online review services like Yelp.
An awesome bit of classic footage from the 1985 Grammy Awards ceremony in which Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones and Stevie Wonder do battle on a stage packed with their favorite electronic keyboards. Oh, and on the same night, this happened. Damn.
Take a flashback to the early days of Star Wars with this comprehensive compilation of classic TV commercials for toys captured from 1977 to 1978. Eric Stran also assembled the spots for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi toys. Action figures each sold separately.
Toronto outfit GlitchArtwork crafts each of these pieces of arcade and console game art by hand, painstakingly cutting and assembling their layers together into a 3-dimensional work of pixel art. Each framed work includes a glass cover not shown in the images.
This reel of vintage ads produced for ComputerLand’s Bay Area stores is a perfect time capsule of early desktop computing tech, from “economy-sized computers” with giant floppy drives, to daisy-wheel printers, to Apple and Atari systems that could even run Visicalc!
Retro video game fans will love this clock which displays animated pixel art from the classic arcade game. Its 512 individual LEDs show the time along with pixel-perfect art of Pac-Man and his ghostly nemeses. Officially licensed by Bandai Namco. Measures 7.8″w x 4.2″h x 2″d.
Retro gaming company Hyperkin applies its design sensibilities to a computer keyboard. This mechanical USB keyboard features super clicky backlit Gaote Blue switches, and has a grey and blue color scheme reminiscent of the classic Super Nintendo console and controller.
One of the hottest gifts this year is the miniature remake of the NES, but we’re thinking of investing our cash in this versatile palm-sized console instead. It works with a variety of retro game emulators and USB controllers, has an HDMI output, and works as a 4K media player.
Back in 1981, two of comedy’s greats appeared on the same night on an episode of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Carlin worked the audience with a solid standup routine, then Pryor spoke about his troubled personal life, while still maintaining his sense of humor.
Time warp back to 1987 with this corny ABC Afterschool Special. Like all of these, the story has a simple moral: you can’t judge a book by its cover. Stars Doc from The Love Boat, Bug from Uncle Buck, the Governor from Benson, and Mrs. Willis from The Jeffersons.
An early performance from comedian Dave Chappelle on a 1993 episode of Star Search. The then 19-year-old got us going right from the start, and has provided millions of laughs ever since. Be sure to watch his second and third appearance, which remains shockingly relevant.
The 8-Bit Guy dusts off his Connectix QuickCam to show us how quickly time flies. The first commercially available webcam, this bad boy shoots in black and white at a resolution of 0.08 megapixels at up to 15fps, requires connection to two different ports and originally cost $100.