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Tag Archives: Retro

Retro Looking iPhone Cordless Handset

By David Ponce

Sure to rejoice countless hipster households across New York City, only to be shunned by them a few weeks later for making this product too popular, the iPhone Cordless Handset does an excellent job of making your iDevice significantly less convenient. For the sake of reviving bygone memories and asserting your individuality, this gadget docks your iPhone and lets you talk on a cordless barbell of yore.

An iPhone rests on a telephone base reminiscent of models from the 1930s, synchronizing with the base via Bluetooth while the cordless handset communicates with the base via DECT 6.0 wireless technology from up to 160′ indoors. The handset places and receives calls, displaying each on its LCD while providing buttons for redial and speakerphone. It can recall up to 30 received calls and record up to 50 phone numbers. An iPhone charges from the base; the headset is powered by an included rechargeable battery. Compatible with all iPhone models

It’s $159 and available now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Rack Up Some Faux Gaming Cred With These Retro NES Carts That Never Existed

NEStalgia Carts (Image courtesy 72 Pins)
By Andrew Liszewski

The next time you get in a conversation where you’re trying to one-up your friends about your cred as a gamer, just drop the old “well I’ve been playing Dead Space since it was on the NES” line and declare your checkmate. Who cares if the game never actually had an 8-bit predecessor? If they call you out on your claim, a mere $20 investment from 72 Pins will provide you with some hard-to-deny proof. Their collection of ‘Nestalgia’ carts include 8-bit versions of modern titles like BioShock, Killzone and even Halo. I mean can you imagine how repetitive Halo would feel were the game limited to an 8-bit environment? I bet the library would feel like you were playing the same level again and again and again…

Anyways, the carts of course don’t actually work. They’re just upcycled old NES games that have had the labels replaced with rather convincing alternatives. So if you’re trying to bluff a friend who still has a working NES at home, your ruse will instantly be foiled. But the fact that you dropped $20, on what is essentially a clever Photoshop job, could provide some gaming cred on its own merit.

[ 72 Pins – NEStalgia Carts ] VIA [ Joystiq ]

Game Boy Dress Isn’t Limited To Just Hallowe’en Parties

Game Boy Dress (Images courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

While no where near as racy as the Game Boy print swimsuit we brought you a couple of months ago, this Game Boy dress will still provide loads of opportunity for double entendres and innuendo at any Hallowe’en party. “Press my buttons”, “insert a cartridge”, “where’s that Tetris piece I need?”, “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right”, etc. For better or for worse they’re all at your disposal. But if you were hoping to score one of these for the 31st, you’ll need to get your $78 order in with Etsy seller SewOeno before October 10th to ensure it’s completed and arrives on time.

[ Etsy – Game Boy Dress ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Space Invaders Playing Cards

Space Invaders Playing Cards (Image courtesy Art Lebedev)
By Andrew Liszewski

Dear Art Lebedev, your Optimus Maximus keyboard may be light years beyond what I’m willing to spend on a set of QWERTYs, but your Space Invaders themed playing cards are a different story. They’re a perfect pop-culture mashup, complete with 8-bit graphics of said invaders from space, and an awesomely pixelated font. At $11 a deck they’re not outrageously expensive either.

[ Space Invaders Playing Cards ] VIA [ The Awesomer ]

Check Out This Best Buy Flyer From September, 1996

Best Buy Flyer - September 1996 (Image courtesy imgur)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m sure 15 years from now we’ll be looking back at Best Buy flyers from 2011 and snickering at how crappy the electronics of today are. But that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to do the same with this flyer from September, 1996.

Best Buy Flyer - September 1996 (Image courtesy imgur)

As a young’n I’m sure I stared at the cutting edge desktop computers with my jaw on the floor. Barely even able to comprehend what I could do with 16MB of RAM! Or left scratching my head as I perused the CDs and wondered what exactly a Butthole Surfer was…

[ Best Buy Flyer – September 1996 ] VIA [ Coudal ]

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 ]