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Retro Freak

Retro Freak

The Retro Freak console plays cartridges from 11 classic systems. Best of all, it lets you rip games from cartridges to a connected SD card. It works with USB controllers and has a controller adapter for classic gamepads. English menus available. More on Technabob.

The Self-Driving Car of the Future

The Self-Driving Car of the Future

A hilariously campy video from General Motors’ 1956 Motorama exhibit that looked forward to the distant future (1976) and the autonomous, gas turbine powered vehicles we were supposed to have by then. The song is awesome, as is the drink dispenser glovebox.

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Mini Vintage Bluetooth Stereo

Mini Vintage Bluetooth Stereo

This teensy retro-style “hi-fi” system is styled after the bookshelf stereo systems of the 1970s. Pop the lid off to see the glowing “tubes” inside. This Bluetooth system offers two 3W speakers, and a class D amp. The speakers measure just 3″ tall, and the receiver is 4″ wide.

Ferris Bueller: 8-Bit Edition

Ferris Bueller: 8-Bit Edition

Ferris Bueller gets remade as a video game from his own era, capturing the antics of Ferris, Cameron, Sloane, and Abe Froman as they head out for a pixelated adventure across Chicagoland. On second thought, we think these graphics are too good for 1986.

Tape Deck Scratching

Tape Deck Scratching

If you thought that scratching tracks on turntables was old school, check out this 1991 footage of Latvian DJ Modris “Mr. Tape” Skaistkalns mixing tracks using a pair of tape decks as his medium. So when is reel-to-reel going to become a hipster trend?

Icon Derelict 1967 VW Camper

Icon Derelict 1967 VW Camper

A 1967 Camper with its original paint, hubcaps and a few interior parts, but improved with modern amenities such as USB charging ports, a Bluetooth stereo system and air conditioning. It runs on a 195 hp Jetta engine with Vanagon transmission.

Gunship: Tech Noir

Gunship: Tech Noir

(Gore) Claymation animator Lee Hardcastle goes back to the big ’80s with the music video for Gunship’s synthwave track which shares its name with the nightclub in The Terminator, while the video is packed with characters from classic films of the era.

Gremlins Playing Cards

Gremlins Playing Cards

Play poker, go fish, spades or your favorite game with these official Gremlins playing cards, illustrated by Nat Iwata for Albino Dragon. Just keep them away from the sun, never get them wet, and never ever deal them after midnight.

The Fisher Price Bluetooth Speaker

The Fisher Price Bluetooth Speaker

Modder Matt Gruskin took one of those 1980’s Fisher Price cassette players and transformed it into a Bluetooth speaker for his iPhone. With the help of his mechanical and electronic knowhow, the buttons and volume know even work.

Archer Suitcase Record Player

Archer Suitcase Record Player

Combining ’60s retro style with modern tech, Electrohome’s clear- and bright-sounding Archer turntable folds into a suitcase for easy transit. It’s got built-in speakers, and USB and AUX inputs. Plus, it won’t break the bank.

The Johnny Seven OMA

The Johnny Seven OMA

Back in the ’60s kids could still play with toy guns without worry about being shot by the police or being told they would become sociopathic killers. And the Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army) was quite possibly the greatest toy gun of all time.

Teens React: ’90s Handheld Games

Teens React: ’90s Handheld Games

“I’d rather play outside… or maybe do homework more than this!” The Fine Bros. dust off another relic of the past, the primitive LCD handheld games from the 1990s. That Jurassic Park game proves that movie games have always sucked.

Driving the Dymaxion

Driving the Dymaxion

In 1933, architect Buckminster Fuller wanted to revolutionize the automotive industry with the Dymaxion car – designed to be fast, aerodynamic and could seat 11 passengers. An accident killed the Dymaxion, but this replica is impressive.

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Retro Batman v Superman

Retro Batman v Superman

Bobby Burns revamps the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and replaces our superfoes with their cartoony predecessors – with Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, and Adam West as The not-so-Dark Knight.

Tinder in the 1980s

Tinder in the 1980s

Jo “SquirrelMonkey” Luitjen takes a hilarious look at what dating app Tinder would have been like had it existed back in the 1980s. We’re not sure if that one dude was named Mason or Manson, but either way he’s creeptacular.

Pacapong

Pacapong

Developer Kingpenguin created this insane retro-style game which manages to seamlessly incorporate elements of Pac-Man, Pong, and Space Invaders all on the same playfield. Available for Windows, Mac or Linux.

The First Hyperlapse Film

The First Hyperlapse Film

We can make hyperlapse videos with our phones these days. Pacer, the first known hyperlapse film was captured one frame at a time on 16mm film by Guy Roland in 1995, and only screened once before the negative was destroyed.

Stan’s VHS

Stan’s VHS

We finally ditched our old VHS deck about five years ago, but if the modern TV shows and movies that Stan’s VHS has made up actually existed back in the day, our VCR would have gotten way more use. Be kind, rewind.

Disneyland Construction Time-Lapse

Disneyland Construction Time-Lapse

Long before we had phones that could shoot time-lapse videos, Disney used good old film to document the construction of its California theme park, and recently shared this classic footage in celebration of its upcoming 60th anniversary.

The Real King of Fighters

The Real King of Fighters

YouTuber Amazing LP spent over 100 hours carefully superimposing himself into the NEO GEO classic The King of Fighters ’97, turning himself into a real-world opponent for the game’s virtual fighters. We want a Kinect game like this.

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Teens React: Mattel Power Glove

Teens React: Mattel Power Glove

“If you paired this with Oculus Rift, this is like next gen!” The Fine Brothers put iconic late ’80s tech in the hands of today’s youth. While the Mattel Power Glove for the NES never lived up to its promise, we know one person who still uses his.

Oscilloscope Quake

Oscilloscope Quake

An neat hack by Pekka Väänänen which transforms the 3D graphics of Quake first into audio, then into X/Y vectors which can be displayed on an oscilloscope. Read more about the tech behind the hack here.

Remember 1998

Remember 1998

ThePeterson is back to make us feel old again, this time reminiscing about the popular music, movies, games, television, news and tech that surrounded us in the year that gave us The Powerpuff Girls, The Dude, and The Google.

Pac-Man 10 Ways

Pac-Man 10 Ways

You won’t be able to get the theme from Pac-Man out of your head after listening to D Wave’s quirky video game medley, which consists entirely of the 1980 arcade game’s music played in 10 different styles.

The 8-bit Time Machine

The 8-bit Time Machine

Composer Giovanni Rotondo always wondered what it might sound like if 21st century video game music was made on 20th century hardware, so he’s making an album of tracks from games like Angry Birds, Destiny, and Portal as chiptunes.

90 Facts about the ’90s

90 Facts about the ’90s

The last minute of 1999 was nearly 15 years ago. Boy don’t you feel old? Let’s look back at the decade that gave us Furbies, The Fresh Prince, Pogs, and this little thing we call the Internet, courtesy of the the fine folks of Mental Floss.

Ultimate NES Remix

Ultimate NES Remix

Ultimate NES Remix for the Nintendo 2DS/3DS tosses you into fast-paced challenges based on classic 8-bit games, mashing up bits and pieces of 16 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Excitebike.

Marlene

Marlene

This classic 1970s commercial for Rainier Beer features a woman named Marlene, who describes their light brew in soft and dulcet tones. But all bets are off when her husband Bob asks her to bring him one.

8-Bit Cinema: The Matrix

8-Bit Cinema: The Matrix

For their latest retro-style video game, CineFix takes on the 1999 classic The Matrix, trading wire-fu, bullet time and groundbreaking VFX for SNES (or is it Neo-Geo, get it?) quality graphics and sound effects.

Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

We’ve seen the Game of Thrones crew dressed for the 1980s, so now they need a theme song, right? Luigi Donatello scratches that itch with a version of the GoT theme song had it taken place in the decade of big hair and bigger synthesizers.

Disney’s Multiplane Camera

Disney’s Multiplane Camera

Walt Disney shows off an incredible invention his studio created in the 1950s – a camera which could capture multiple layers simultaneously to produce impressive background depth, a dramatic advancement in animated filmmaking.

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