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Tag Archives: Retro

Click Watches Embrace ‘Retro-tronics’

Click Watches (Images courtesy Watchismo)
By Andrew Liszewski

The last time I had to fiddle around with a set of DIP switches was on a Star NX-1000C color dot matrix printer attached to my Commodore 64. I’ve no idea how and why I remember the printer’s full name, nor can I recall why I had to mess with those switches. But clearly that rudimentary ‘hacking’ I did as a kid stuck with me, because as soon as I saw these retro-riffic watches that Watchismo now carries, I knew I had to have one! Or possibly ten.

I’m obviously particularly fond of the DIP Switch model, which features a working set of small switches that were typically used to modify how a piece of retro electronics would function. But the Turn Switch model, which uses a rotating dial instead, also has its charms. Both use the switches to change what is displayed on the also retro-riffic LCD displays, including 12 and 24 hour modes, the date, the backlight, and even a stylish bar graph time indicator. You also have your choice of a stainless steel flex band, or the far more desirable faux ribbon cable option pictured above.

Click Watches (Images courtesy Watchismo)

Even the packaging is fantastic. Making the $169.99 price tag for the stainless steel strap, and $149.99 for the ribbon cable seem like the deal of this past century.

[ Watchismo – Click Watches ] VIA [ Boing Boing ]

Game Boy Print Swimsuit

Game Boy Print Swimsuit (Images courtesy Black Milk)
By Andrew Liszewski

From what I can tell it might not arrive in time for this Summer’s trips to the cottage, but on their Facebook page Black Milk has posted pics of this swimsuit with a retrorific Game Boy print. Now there’s an entire galaxy of double entendres and euphemisms associated with this design, but we’re gonna take the high road here and leave them up to your own imaginations. As for actual availability? We’re not sure. The suit’s not listed on the Black Milk online store just yet, but when it is you can probably expect it to cost ~$90.

[ Facebook – Black Milk Clothing’s Photos ] VIA [ Follow Me Into The Sea ]

Custom Viewmaster Wedding Invites

Viewmaster Wedding Invitations (Images courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

Capitalizing on the latest trend of anything and everything being in 3D, as well as incorporating a bit of retro charm, these custom-made View-Master wedding invites will make it hard for anyone to turn down attending your big day. Created by Brooklyn, New York-based Mélangerie, you simply have to send along 7 high-res images you want to use, including a brief description of each, and they’ll create a custom View-Master slide you can include in this one-of-a-kind invite. Well, one-of-a-kind as long as you’re the first of your friends to go with this idea.

The invites take about 6 to 8 weeks to make and ship to you, and once they arrive you’re responsible for assembling them and mailing them out to your guests. So the whole idea is going to be a bit on the expensive side. Mailing out a box with a View-Master inside is certainly going to cost a bit more than a paper envelope. And the invites themselves run $3,450 for 100 guests.

[ Viewmaster Wedding Invitations ] VIA [ Fancy ]

This Portable N64 Could Be Worth Sacrificing Your Console

Portable N64 (Images courtesy AcidCow.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

Since it’s not available on Nintendo’s Virtual Console, and probably never will be, my old N64 is the only way I can still play Rare’s classic shooter Goldeneye. But this most recent portable N64 conversion, as massive as it may be, is probably the only way I’d ever consider sacrificing my old console. The ‘who’ part of the conversion is currently lacking in details, but the ‘how’ is elaborately detailed in over 75 photos you can find here. I mean some of the more technical bits are obviously lacking, but if you’re confident enough to even try and attempt a mod like this, you’re probably already competent enough to figure that stuff out on your own.

[ AcidCow.com – Handheld Console Made Out of an old N64 ] VIA [ TechEBlog ]

CVC’s GameLine Atari Cart Was A Lot Like Xbox Live – Except Back In 1983

CVC GameLine Atari Cart (Image courtesy Kotaku)
By Andrew Liszewski

Kotaku has a great post this morning about the CVC, or Control Video Corporation’s GameLine Atari 2600 cart which let you download games over a phone connection, way back in 1983. The $60 cartridge was both a storage unit and modem in one, and rolled into the cost was a year’s subscription to the GameLine service which was the only way you could download titles. At launch there were about 75 games available, and the idea seemed very promising, even given what we would consider pretty dated technology at this point.

Unfortunately you’ve probably never heard of the GameLine cart because it wasn’t exactly a runaway success. The company was never able to sign any of the big game publishers of the time, and there was an additional $1 fee to download a game. A game that would actually ‘expire’ after a week’s time, requiring you to buy it again if you wanted to keep playing. (So in fact it was more like a rental service.) The crash of the video game market in the mid ’80s took the GameLine with it, but apparently many of the people behind CVC went on to form a new company called Quantum Computer Services, which also dabbled in online gaming. Never heard of them either? That’s because in 1991 they changed their name to America Online, and eventually, AOL…

[ Kotaku – You Could Actually Download Atari 2600 Games (on an Atari 2600!) ]

Space Invaders Strike Back Tee

Space Invaders Strike Back Tee (Images courtesy Tshirtbordello)
By Andrew Liszewski

The only thing that a geek could like more than Star Wars or Space Invaders merchandise is a clever mashup of the two. And that’s exactly what this ‘Space Invaders Strike Back’ tee, designed by artist Steven Castaneda, does perfectly. At a quick glance it looks like a screenshot of classic Space Invaders, but upon closer examination you’ll discover your ship is actually the Millennium Falcon, while the invaders are TIE fighters, bombers and interceptors. Not to mention the Death Star hovering at the top for bonus points. It’s available from Tshirtbordello.com in any size you could need for just $14.99, but is limited to just Navy when it comes to color choice.

[ Space Invaders Strike Back Tee ] VIA [ ALBOTAS ]

LG Finds A Way To Clear Out Their Stock Of Old CRT Components – A Designer Retro TV!

LG Retro TV (Images courtesy LG Korea)
By Andrew Liszewski

Hey LG Korea. You might fool the hipsters, but you’re not fooling me. I know that ‘retro’ is just another term for ‘horribly outdated’ so I’m not going to run out and buy this Retro TV you’re hawking. It’s a clever move though. Finding a way to empty your warehouses of antiquated CRT components without resorting to dumping them in a nearby river. And you’ll probably sell quite a few of these too, with their matching old-timey tuner knobs, rabbit ear antennas and settings for full-color, black and white and even sepia effects. But I’ve already claimed the space freed up by switching to LCD TVs and monitors, and I’m not giving it back!

I’ve no idea how much they’re asking for them, but given they’ve only got a 14-inch display I’m assuming not much. And while they’re digital ready, since they’re listed on the LG Korea website they may not actually work here in North America.

[ LG Retro TV ] VIA [ The Fancy ]

Groovy! – LEGO Getting In On The Volkswagen Camper Van Appreciation Too

LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van (Image courtesy Captain Eugene)
By Andrew Liszewski

As far as I know it’s not an official anniversary or anything. But recently there’s been a rash of retro Volkswagen Camper Van products. A few months ago you might remember this groovy VW Camper Van tent we brought you. And now it’s apparently LEGO’s turn. In the latest edition of their Collector Guide, Flickr user ‘Captain Eugene’ spotted and scanned this upcoming VW T1 Camper Van set, #10220 for those who keep track. Pricing and availability are currently unknown, and hopefully there’ll be some better, less halftoney pics of it popping up in the near future.

[ Flickr – Captain Eugene – LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van ] VIA [ Hidden Garments ]

WANT! Miniature GBA-Based Space Invaders Arcade Cabinet

Space Invaders Mini Arcade Cabinet (Image courtesy vcoleiro1)
By Andrew Liszewski

A day doesn’t go buy when I don’t find some random gadget, device or contraption that I want. I guess it’s the nature of writing about this stuff for a living. But today’s ‘WANT’ is probably even more intense because it’s something I can’t actually buy anywhere. This impressively detailed miniature Space Invaders arcade cabinet was created by YouTube user ‘vcoleiro1‘ who posted a clip of his creation online. If you’re like me, you’ll be wishing you’d taken up soldering years ago so you could pull off a mod like this yourself.

The 7-inch tall cabinet was built with 6mm MDF, painted and then decorated with official SI arcade machine graphics which were printed on glossy decal paper. The best part of the mod however has to be the tiny joystick and arcade-like buttons which were purchased from Digikey.com and eBay, and wired onto the GBA SP’s mainboard. Providing a more authentic gaming experience than previous mods that just used the GBA’s standard button layout. The back of the cabinet also opens allowing you to easily swap in other game carts, or let’s be honest here, a supercard so you can load it up with thousands of easily accessible titles.

[ YouTube – vcoleiro1 – Worlds smallest Space Invaders arcade machine (maybe) ] VIA [ GameSetWatch ]