Photos of tech gadgets from the 1980’s, how many of you are old enough to remember any of these?

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The boombox was a must have in my youth… :beers:

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There was only 2 items out of that list of 30 that i dont remember. And had 11 of them. I don’t know if any of you can remember but there was another VCR type that came out called video 2000. To try and rival vhs & betamax. Then of cause was the laserdisc which went know where as well. Some of those brought up memories of far more simple and happier times. Before big tec took over and destroyed a better way of living.


Is the Rubik’s cube considered a tech gadgets :rofl::rofl:??

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I remember the clackers…anyone else? Im pretty sure i still have clacker shrapnel in my head…also took a direct hit in the leg with a lawn dart…idk how i survived the 80s



the design of today s gadgets is just awful ordinary:tv sets, music devices, laptop keybords,cameras all ugly black turds


Thank you for making me feel older today.

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Me too mate…blimey, did the thing go through the batteries though!

My Mum was always going bonkers every time i asked for money for more of them.

Walking down the road as a teenager with Early 80’s new wave, Squeeze, Queen, Meatloaf, Springsteen (i have cosmopolitan music tastes!) blaring out at full volume…i felt like the nuts, i bet most of the people in the road’s houses wanted to kick me in the nuts!

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I always feel that things back then was made to last. They always seemed so well built and out of good quality materials. Unlike this so called modern technology driven world we live in now. Most stuff is made of cheap plastics and dont last 5mins. But it dosent matter has its so cheap you can just go buy a new (add item here) one. We live in a throw away society. You just have to look at how many people nowadays don’t even know how to change a plug! Let alone a blown fuse :rofl::rofl: we are definitely heading to a world has seen in the movie Idiocrocy :rofl::rofl:

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6 outta 30 for me, bought em that is
But i started working when i was 14 lol

Great post @Chris_Grennell :+1:t2:

Blimey, that lawn dart thing takes me back.

We made a home-made version ourselves. Went down to a patch of local woods we knew we could get good saplings to make bows, pop over to the local shops to get those thin green gardening sticks, and a handful of nuts from nuts and bolts laying about near a lorry car park.

Used to sharpen the sticks up by rubbing them on a kerb stone, put a nut or two on just below the sharp end, and tape them up with electrical tape.

They used to go a bloody long way and stick deep into the ground when they came down.

Someone from our group of kids came up with the idea of firing them straight up in the air, and then playing ‘chicken’ to see who’d flinch or run away as they were coming down…amazed none of us were killed tbh.

(don’t try that at home kids! It’s not big or clever and could easily kill or seriously injure you!)


still quite a few things missing from there.

to name a few.

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Me, in 1987.
Some sort of shit computer in which seemed good at the time.

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I use an air popper to this day. Forget the microwave. My kids play laser tag and love it. Maybe not the same as In the 80’s systems though.


Sony’s system was far superior but they wouldn’t licence the tech to
other manufacturers. There was the J Victor Co’s (JVC) VCR system
and the Phlips V2000. JVC allowed other companies to use the system
(don’t know about the V2000) and it won over the Philips system so it
became the cheaper and widely available option.

Sony developed the superior “Trinitron” colour TV system which, again
they would not let other manufacturers use - the picture tubes of which
had a notoriously short life span and they were expensive too.
The development of the PIL (precision in line) tubes, which the rest of
the world could use, greatly improved the tube colour convergence.
Not quite as good as Sony but Sony were significantly more costly
and were burned out in 5 years or less!

Sony continued to be at the forefront in broadcast equipment as TV
companies could afford to but the best.

I gave away 2 Sony 19 inch TVs when I bought my first HD in 2005…they were perfect…wife says we don’t need now…bought in 1978 brand new…my 27 inch Sony I bought in 90s is still perfect…just not HD…trinitron was best at time

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It had a keyboard, a literal keyboard …

How did you figure out which keys were for which letters?? :open_mouth:

Oh much more than that!!!

1985/6 saw tha launch of the Commodore Amiga 500 and the Atari ST.
These machines totally pissed all over the Mac and PC in terms of
price and performance and were, as far as I’m concerned, responsible
for bringing home computer gaming from the domain of geekdom
and to the masses; they were very popular!
The Amiga had a native 64k colour palette; if you clicked on, say, an
audio file, it would play the audio. PCs and Mac operating systems
didn’t do that. Designed to be game/graphic friendly was actually used
in TV production.
The Atari ST and successors was less ‘colourful’ but very business
friendly with it’s native Mac style WIMP system, Windows/Icons/Menus/
Pointer (they won a lawsuit against Apple to use it). You could get a
custom laser printer for it which was expensive but much less so than
the competition. They were the computer used in the music industry!
The Atari ST was the most stable computer system available; the
rumour was that the Shuttle used Atari systems because of their
rock solid performance.

So. Why are these systems never included in the history?
Atari was ‘paid off’ to drop the project; the very popular Amiga, went
bust, the system went from owner to owner never being revived but
still there for enthusiasts.
One thing was that they publicised details of their OSs, this could
enable a programmer to make a completely unhackable system.
Also, school kids were learning to program in Assembler via these
machines - was that a problem?