Coolest Gadgets » Retro Gadgets Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Retro Toys Make a Big Comeback! Fri, 22 May 2015 16:37:40 +0000


It used to be a pleasure, shopping for gifts for kids, imagining their smiles as they got the toy of their dreams. Watching them play with it day after day, imaginations soaring. I remember the boy next door making sound effects for his cars, motors, and screeching tires. Those days are gone, replaced by a lot of plastic junk, and video games. Or so I thought…

Check out the newest effort from the guys over at Candylab Toys, nifty, solid wood, toy cars and trucks that bring back yesteryear with some classic retro Americana. Think wood paneled wagons (with a surfboard), a roundy style camping trailer, a taxi, or a cool tow truck, all painted in bright colors with super smooth rolling rubber tires.

Candylab Toys has been at it before, and brought you some snazzy American Muscle Cars, that delighted both the kids, and even the collector in all of us. Back by popular demand, they’re jumping in with their latest designs, and are appealing to folks all over the world who would like, just a little bit, of the good old days to come back.

So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the kid who already has more than their fair share of battery powered toys lying around – or you just want something to sit on your desk to remind you of the days when toys were still an adventure, these cars may be just what you’re looking for. The newest designs will be available as part of a campaign, starting at under 20 bucks. Vroom, Vroom.
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The Mr. Christmas Jukebox – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:00:36 +0000 b99f3d7c-cb15-403a-96d7-eb87104f580d_400

Who doesn’t love the magic of the holiday season? Friends, food and family abound, there’s a feeling in the air. The hustle and bustle of shopping, and cooking, and kids, reeling in wide-eyed anticipation. The things I look forward to the most are the traditions, the things my parents did during the holidays when I was a kid, that I do for my daughter now…

Well, start a new Christmas tradition this year and check out the Rock-o-Rama Holiday Jukebox by Mr. Christmas, and your family and friends will be in awe of your holiday spirit. This cute little jukebox has festive LED lighting and it lets you select from 18 holiday classics— including original recordings by Bing Crosby, The Temptations, Eartha Kitt, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and more. Listen to it all by itself, or plug your Christmas tree or other lights in the control box, place the Rock-O-Rama within 30 feet, then select your favorite song… and watch as your holiday lights dance along to the music.

The perfect size for a tabletop, this jukebox will work with both your LED or traditional light strings, and contains 18 original Christmas Songs, with a Separate UL approved control box included for plugging in your Christmas tree or other lights, that has a built-in speaker and volume control. Wireless up to 30 feet, you can place your little jukebox almost anywhere in the room. The Mr. Christmas Jukebox uses 3 C batteries or 6-volt adapter (neither of which is included). The jukebox is approximately 11″ tall and the control box is about is 6″ wide. You can get yours just in time for the holidays from for less than 85 bucks. Ho Ho Ho.
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The Polaroid Socialmatic – “Instant” Gratification Thu, 09 Jan 2014 19:00:26 +0000 Official_1_little

Ah the memories, our old Polaroid SX-70 camera and the uber-expensive 10 pack of film… mugging it up, and then waving the pic in the air, or rubbing it on your pants thinking that magically would make it develop faster. The Polaroid instant camera is an icon, and one that has taken up where it left off, with this new high-tech development.

Welcome the New Polaroid Socialmatic, a cool concept gadget that has become the real deal. Comprised of a 14 megapixel front facing camera with flash, a 4.3 inch touchscreen LCD display, a Zero Ink printer and GPS, Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, this baby’s cool-factor comes in its printing and sharing capabilities.

Check it out… when you take a picture with the back, or front facing camera, you can instantly share it on Facebook, or other social media sites using the built-in software over a Wi-Fi network, but the magic is that, at the same time, you can print out a little photo that will contain a QR code so other Socialmatic users can easily scan it and get a digital copy from Polaroid’s servers, and reprint it for themselves.

The Android based Polaroid Socialmatic looks like a fun, must-have for every teenager, or social media junkie on the planet… but I don’t know the price yet, that will certainly be a determining factor. It will be available early this year, we’ll keep you posted!
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16 of the Coolest “Retro” Gifts Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:11:44 +0000
Looking for a more “old school” gadget gift, check out our selection of retro gadgets and toys.

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Shredder Scissors are perfect for those who love busy-work Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:39:56 +0000 Scissor Shredder
There are times at work where you wish you had something to do. You can only organize your desk or go to the bathroom so many times, and if you work ahead, you’ll only be facing the same problem in a day or two. Sometimes you just want some meaningless, arduous task to keep you occupied until more work crops up. Just so it’s stated, checking Facebook does not count.

Shredding documents seems to be a normal thing to do around an office space. However, with all those new-fangled machines, the job is done in the blink of an eye. This only means that you’ll have to trudge back to your desk sooner with no hopes of an escape. If you really want to stretch out this process, get a pair of Shredding Scissors.

This is extremely cheap at around $8, and will shred paper the same way its electric counterpart would. The major difference being that you have to operate the pair of scissors, which will likely give you cramps in your arm. It’s made of metal, but that’s not going to stop this from getting jammed up, or having the blades bend. Honestly, this is a terrible idea, but would definitely eat up a lot of your free time at work. Mainly because those little uneven shreds you create will get everywhere, and you’ll spend weeks, if not months trying to find them all.

Available for purchase on Amazon, found via thisiswhyimbroke
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Vinylize turns old records into glasses Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:52:09 +0000

The last few years have given rise to a new breed of people. They can be found at vegan coffee shops, using the Instagram app to take “artistic” photos of their coffee next to a book that looks interesting, so that they can tweet it to their friends. We call these people “hipsters.” When not in a coffee shop, you can also find them in record stores, letting you know why you shouldn’t listen to music unless it’s on vinyl, because digital music is an affront to your ears. Hipsters do tend to be fashionable, which is why I’m not surprised to see a company making glasses that are marketed to this specific demographic.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the appeal of listening to vinyl. I just think that some people take it to an extreme. A company called Vinylize is more than happy to take money from these people however. By bonding a vinyl record with cellulose acetate, they are able to cut out the frames for a pair of glasses that will let everyone know just how much you love your records.

The glasses come in a variety of styles, including the classic hipster frames that you see above. You’re going to be paying a hefty premium on these, however. For a pair of sunglasses, you’re looking at around $440. If you want prescription lenses, you’ll need to send them an email for a quote. I actually think the concept of recycling old records is a great one, however, the price is going to be hard for all but the most fanatical of vinyl lovers.

Source: Gizmag
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Retro Digital Flip Clock takes you back in time Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:19:39 +0000

If you’ve been around the block a few times, then you’ll understand just how much technology has changed over the years. Just look at something as simple as your average alarm clock. These days most of them are digital, with glowing numbers staring back at you. If you go back and look at one that say, your parents had as a kid, you’d probably see one of two things. Either they had a clock with hour, minute and second hands, much like your average wall clock, or one with flip-down numbers.

If you want to pretend that you’re living in the days of old, without actually having to search out a decades-old device, you might want to check out the Retro Digital Flip Clock. This small alarm clock has a similar feel to what you would have found in the 70’s. It even simulates the individual leaves that flip down when the minutes change.

The digital numbers are displayed on an LCD face, and should you need to look at it during the night, just tap the button on top to activate the backlight. This retro timepiece comes in red, orange, and white, and can be yours for just $49.

Source: CraziestGadgets

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Look Your 8-Bit Best Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:00:08 +0000

Sure, technology moves at a quick pace these days. New phones and tablets come out weekly. But that does not mean you have to throw away the past. Expressing our true love of all things techy yet retro means we can acknowledge our geekiness of today while paying homage to tech roots of yesteryear. Big Big Pixel features some tech accessories from product designer Mike Mak that will do exactly that.

The 8-Bit Bumper, $24.95 and $26.95,will trick your iPhone 4, 4S or (newly launched) 5 out in homage to old school CPUs. The plastic casing will keep your pretty phone from getting too exposed to the elements. There is even an 8-bit style Apple logo on the back side. And to top off the whole experience you can download 8-bit wallpaper from Big Big Pixel so your phone can give you a digitized smile whenever you choose. Don’t let your iPhone be the only 8-bit clothed technology. 8-Bit Sleeves are also available for iPad Mini, iPad, MacBook Air (11”, 13”) and MacBook Pro 13” and run $29.95-$37.95. Your device will take on the look of an 8-bit envelope in these synthetic leather carriers but stay safe with a soft fiber inside. In this world of constantly changing technology, let yourself stand out in how you dress yours up. Go retro with 8-Bit Bumpers and Sleeves.
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Thump Through Your Day Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:14:57 +0000 Remember your first boombox? Did you have the one with the removable speakers? Maybe yours was skinny enough to carry on your shoulder. So when you walked to your friend’s house you could listen – and force others to listen – to your tunes the entire way. There were the dual cassette versions that were cool too. And oh boy, didn’t we all love the ability to record off the radio!  Whatever your style, having your own portable cassette player (boombox just sounds so much better) was da bomb back in the day.

Keep that boombox feel with a couple modern day meal must haves from Perpetual Kid. Start your morning right with the Boombox Mug, $11.49. Every time you tip your cup of joe the world will flashback to boombox days.  Leave it drying on its side to give a smile to all who pass by. Though I don’t think you will want to take this one breakdancing. When you are ready for food show off your Boombox Lunchbox, $13.99. This tin contraption will contain your vittles and illustrate your love of ghetto blasters. You can even walk into lunch or school with it on your shoulder to really work it. So stay cool and retro, with these boombox reminders and you will be the hippest person at the office.
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Ultimate Retro Table Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:00:31 +0000

We laugh when we think about floppy disks now. Yet they were a lifesaver back in the day. And the 3.5” introduced that sweet plastic cover and metal slider thing which meant you could throw them in your backpack or wherever. Ahhh, the good ol’ days. But how will future generations ever know the technologies that preceded them? Guess we need to remind them.

Two Berlin-based artists want us to commemorate our computing roots. They sought inspiration for a table from our beloved 3.5″ floppy friends. Neulant van Exel design firm have launched their Floppy Table. Made from hot-rolled steel and stainless steel the unit provides a unique, sturdy and retro statement. The 28” x 18” x 26” (w d h) table contains detail we all remember like insertion arrows and a movable, metal shutter complete with a storage space inside. Each unit is laser marked with a serial number for authenticity too. This trip down memory lane will cost you $930 (before shipping). The product website gives few details but email them if interested or learn more on their Facebook page. For the right user – you know who you are – and the right home I am sure the memories will eclipse any cost. So if you miss the days of floppies there is only one coffee table for you!


Thanks: Digital Trends
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