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Shut Up and Take My Money: Floppy Disk Coffee Table

Floppy Disk Table

Remember those floppy disks from the yesteryears which only allowed you to store up to 1.44MB of data on each disk? That’s not enough space for an mp3 file containing a full song, let alone a single high-res image file. It just goes to show that data storage has truly come a long way since then.

Paying tribute to storage’s humble beginnings are the creative duo behind Neulant van Exel: Axel van Exel and Marian Neulant. They took inspiration from the classic 3.5″ floppy disk to build the Floppy Table, which is a really cool coffee table constructed from welded hot-rolled steel and stainless steel. The best thing about the table is the secret compartment that’s revealed by moving the metal shutter sideways.

Hit the break to check out more images of the table.

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Atari Paddle Earrings And Cufflinks

We’re suckers for retro gaming. We imagine we are because it reminds us of our childhood and lets us forget for a little bit that we’re aging old farts. Also, retro gaming rocks! There’s a purity and a focus on gameplay that isn’t always present when it’s possible to dazzle with graphics and effects. But whatever, we’re just saying all this so we can segue onto the above earrings. They’re tiny versions of Atari’s iconic paddle controller. And if you lack holes in your ears and/or inclination to wear fleshy-lobe ornaments, there’s also some cufflinks you can get. The earrings are about 1cm in length (or 0.39 in.) while the cufflinks are about 1 in. Being a bit larger, they can afford to have some “functionality”… if you call having the ability to turn the paddle from side to side that. Still, it does give you something to fiddle with at a party, one at which you might actually be fidgety if you’re the kind of person who’s uncomfortable enough in a dress shirt to want to liven it up with retro gaming accessories.

It’s $25 for either of these. And this being Etsy, they’re handmade to order so expect to wait some time before getting them in the mail.

As usual, hit the jump for more pics and links.

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Pac-Man Table Is Retro Chic That Would Look Good In Your Living Room

When looking for design themes to deck your place out with, you can rarely go wrong with retro gaming. 8-bit characters, Space Invaders, Pong… everyone’s welcome, and especially Pac-Man. One Thanasis Mokas, a woodworker, feels the same way and he’s put his money where his mouth is by creating the above coffee table. While it’s far from being the first such table, we like the way Thanasis has put it together and the care he’s taken to match colours and make some stools to go along with it. We only wish we knew if it can even be bought; Thanasis created his Facebook page on September 5 and it only features pictures of things he’s made and no purchase information. Still, more pictures and a link to the page are after the jump, so you could always go ask him about it.

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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 ]