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Tag: 1970s

This Retro Flip Clock Looks Like an Old TV Set

This Retro Flip Clock Looks Like an Old TV Set
These days, lots of people are replacing their bedside clocks with smartphones or other mobile gadgets which keep time. But there’s something about being able to just open an eyeball in the middle of the night and glance at the time that makes me still prefer a standalone clock.

Go Back to the Arcade with the Pong-inspired OriginX Cabinet

Go Back to the Arcade with the Pong-inspired OriginX Cabinet
Back in the day, most of the games in arcades were stand-up cabinets, but a few were sit down table style games. I don’t remember ever seeing wall mounted arcade games back in the day, but there are a handful of them available these days.
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Retro TV Smartphone Magnifier: iBoobTube

Retro TV Smartphone Magnifier: iBoobTube
Transform your smartphone into an old school television set with this whimsical gadget from Firebox. The Smartphone Magnifier holds your phone inside of a faux wood television cabinet, and makes it look like your grandparent’s old boob tube.

The Banana Stereo Record Player is Bananas

The Banana Stereo Record Player is Bananas
Only in the 1970s could you find such a fruity stereo. Wait. Bananas are a fruit right? Or are they an herb? I have no idea now. I just know that this stereo is bananas. This portable record player is shaped like a banana and what is even more bananas is that it could be played in any position.

Yes, This Is an HDTV

Yes, This Is an HDTV
If there’s one thing that today’s flat-screen TVs have led to is a lack of the sort of unique designs that CRTs used to offer. I suppose this is a good thing, as HDTVs are designed to focus our attention on the image itself.

First Clip from Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Movie Plants Some Apple Seeds

First Clip from Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs Movie Plants Some Apple Seeds
When Steve Jobs passed away, two movie projects were announced not long after his untimely death. One of the films is a big-budget production from Sony with Aaron Sorkin writing the screenplay. The other is a low-budget independent production with Ashton Kutcher playing the visionary founder of Apple, simply entitled jOBS.

Men’s Fish Tank Platform Shoes: Pimp My Heels

Men’s Fish Tank Platform Shoes: Pimp My Heels
People are coming up with all sorts of weird shoes lately, but these men’s platform shoes with aquariums in the heels might actually be the most wacky of them all. Clearly inspired by I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, they’re definitely not something you’ll be wearing to work, unless the street is your office, that is.

Complete Copy of Atari 2600 Air Raid for Sale: Duck and Cover Your Wallet

Complete Copy of Atari 2600 Air Raid for Sale: Duck and Cover Your Wallet
If a vintage video game is rare enough, it can sell for huge money. Back in 2010, a copy of the Atari 2600 game Air Raid sold for $31,600. The reason is because it was the only known copy with a box.

CB Handset on ThinkGeek: 10-4 LULZ

CB Handset on ThinkGeek: 10-4 LULZ
Remember the CB radio handset for mobile phones? The first time we saw them it seemed as if they were only available in Japan. Well, bring out your trucker hats, because ThinkGeek just got some in stock.

Rare Fisheye Nikkor Lens for Sale… Just $160,000

Rare Fisheye Nikkor Lens for Sale… Just $160,000
SLR camera lenses can be pretty expensive, but this has got to be some sort of a record. A rare fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens, which is supposed to offer the world’s most extreme wide-angle, has gone on sale at Gray’s of Westminster in London, UK for the low, low price of $160,000 (USD), give or take a few dollars after currency conversion.

CB Transceiver for iPhone Looks Silly, Sends You Back a Few Decades

CB Transceiver for iPhone Looks Silly, Sends You Back a Few Decades
Remember those old CB radios with the huge microphones you spoke into? My dad told me a story once of how these radio used to be the “cellphones” of their time. They were huge when he was in college, and he and his friends would use this to communicate with each other (and with girls, if you can believe it.)

Retro Flip Watch Puts the 1970s on Your Wrist

Retro Flip Watch Puts the 1970s on Your Wrist
If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably remember one of the most popular types of bedside alarm clocks had those little mechanical numbers which flipped over when the minutes changed.

BSG Colonial Viper Helmet is Awesome (and No You Can’t Have One for Halloween)

BSG Colonial Viper Helmet is Awesome (and No You Can’t Have One for Halloween)
Fans of the classic Battlestar Galactica series will be drooling over this epic bit of cosplay gear, just announced. It’s a helmet based on the ones worn by Colonial Viper pilots, and it’s a perfect replica of the original.

Photojojo Offers Limited-Edition Polaroid SX-70 Instant Camera

Photojojo Offers Limited-Edition Polaroid SX-70 Instant Camera
Back in the day, the Polaroid SX-70 instant camera was on the cutting edge of portable gadget tech. Now, Photojojo is offering the old school SX-70 as a limited-edition refurbished unit for you to buy and enjoy some memories of the old days.

Turn Your iPhone into a Retro Calculator

Turn Your iPhone into a Retro Calculator
Here’s a fun way to fool your friends into thinking you’re still living in the 1970s by turning your shiny new iPhone 4 into a classic digital calculator from days gone by. This case snaps onto the back of your iPhone 4, and really does look just like one of those old Casio VFD calculators with the blue/green displays.

Commodore PET Gets New Life as Windows PC

Commodore PET Gets New Life as Windows PC
Remember the old Commodore PET personal computer from back in the late 1970s? With its trapezoidal built-in monitor, it was the most “futuristic” computer of its time, despite its relatively meager 6502 CPU and up to 32KB of RAM under the hood.
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