Finding It Difficult To Part With Your Outdated Or Forgotten Technology?
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But first, take a look at these technological throwbacks.
Sony's Betamax, or 'Beta' as it was known by virtually everyone, was a video format that was eventually crushed by JVC's VHS (Video Home System) format.
Of course, now you can watch all the videotape formats in the world on a tablet or phone, so these poor dinosaurs have all gone extinct.
2. Portable TVs.
TV you can carry around with you! Great idea, right? Well if you've ever tried to pick up a TV signal with a retractable antenna (and unless you're older than 30, you probably haven't), you'd know that it's not always so great. A limited number of channels, bad reception, and image quality that ranged from "meh" to "WTF?" killed the pocket television early. It was technology ahead of its time.
Giant portable cassette players: the bigger, the better. Usually equipped with equalizers that nobody really knew how to use, an AM/FM radio (which you could record from using the casette player/recorder) and a handle so you could carry it with you on your shoulder.
If you lived in the suburbs, your boombox experience might have looked like this.
4. Apple's Newton MessagePad.
Newton was an operating system developed by Apple computers in 1987 for personal digital assistants: the progenitors of what are now essentially our smart phones and tablets.
The Apple Messagepad 2100 (shown above) was the last gasp of the Newton OS, disappearing around 1998. Not exactly pocket-sized, as you can see.
Oh look! You can add a keyboard to it!
Although pagers are still used in places that have spotty cell reception, restaurants, and by emergency services, they have long since shed their power as status symbol.
Yes, pagers used to be cool. You could send messages to your friends using calculator spelling which usually required turning the pager upside-down just to read something like "7734029" (GO 2 HELL) or "80085" (BOOBS). "143" was still "I love you," but no one got to LOL until the birth of the internet.
6. Film Projectors.
These used to be in every elementary school classroom. There was NOTHING better than film time because you got to WATCH A FILM. Usually something ridiculous and outdated, but anything was better than working on multiplication tables. Alas, they gave way to VCRs and tablets in the classroom.
These were the kinds of movies you'd be subjected to, however.
7. Arcade games.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/aloha75/4906590946/ (Sam Howzit on Flickr)
They took either quarters or quarter-sized tokens, but you could spend hours in front of them, either watching or playing, in arcades and other adolescent dens of iniquity. While some stand-up games still exist, the mall arcade as people once knew it is gone with the 20th century.
And the world is sadder place for its loss.
8. The Speak & Spell.
Between 1978 and 1992, Texas Instruments must have sold MILLIONS of these. It was one of the very first portable digital gaming devices. Basically, it was meant to teach young children to spell and pronounce words.
Movie buffs will recall that it also helped ET phone home.
9. The Atari 2600
One of the very first home gaming consoles, now relegated to garage sales and nostalgia, the Atari 2600 was a pretty amazing thing. It still is when you consider how much of the technology those early programmers actually created.
Maybe you had to be there.
10. The Apple PowerCD
This is like the iPod's great-great-great grandmother.
The speakers were sold seperately but the PowerCD could also be connected to Macs, stereros, and televisions: it was both a portable CD drive AND a portable CD player.
11. The Palm Pilot.
The Palm Pilot was, at one point, more or less synonymous with the PDA. Of course, as cell phones became smart phones, PDAs became more and more irrelevant. The one we have pictured is actually from 1997: just 17 years ago. It gives you some sense of just how quickly technology is changing.
12. The Apple eMate
The Apple eMate 300 was a small (the grayscale display was just 6.8") and tough little laptop intended for the classroom and ran on the Newton OS. It was introduced in 1997 and discontinued in 1998.
HitClips was a portable audio player that played one-minute clips of hit songs, which could be loaded in via penny-sized "micro music chips."
Originally distributed by McDonalds as part of an NSYNC and Britney Spears promotion, HitClips came in various shapes and sizes and in 1999 had earned the creator, Tiger Electronics, $80 million dollars.
14. The Talkboy.
Believe it or not, the Talkboy was originally intended as a non-functioning prop for the movie Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. After the movie's release on home video (see above), the demand for the device was so huge, however, that a retail version was created in 1993.
It was basically a cassette player/recorder with one important detail: you could speed up or slow down playback speed and use it as a voice changer.
Here's how you can upgrade from your throwback to a Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.
If you're ready to upgrade your #tbt, post a photo of your throwback technology using the hashtag #TBTupgrade to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and you may be selected to receive a brand new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.
Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, Dec. 7th at 5pm PST. Winners will be announced on Tues, Dec. 9th.