For all of us who grew up in the late 70´s and early 80´s here are some of the best Retro designs integrated into new Technology.
According to New York times…¨some people prefer their next new thing to look like an old thing. Retro designs can give a sense of permanence to disposable devices. Some of it is art.¨
Here are my five pics on Gadgety and Art of Technology that remind me of my age:
1. USB Typewriter
An example of the phenomena is a manual typewriter refashioned as a computer keyboard. It has been refurbished by a retired Remington salesman, then wires it with a sensor board that recognizes when a key is pressed. It leads to a U.S.B. plug that makes the typewriter work like any computer keyboard. Even if the type bar doesn’t hit the platen, a computer will recognize the input, but if you bang the keys hard enough you can make an old-school hard copy on paper This antique typewriter has been modified to work as a USB Keyboard for PC, Mac, and even iPad! That’s right — it’s a beautiful and fully functional computer keyboard!
This USB Typewriter works with all letters, numerals, and punctuation
marks. It also includes shift, space, and return carriage (which is literally activated by the typewriter’s return carriage!).
The modification is very clean leaves the typewriter looking, feeling, and working like a regular typewriter — and yes, it still writes beautifully on paper..
For more information and a sweet video, see USBTypewriter.com.while a computer also records your keystrokes.
The typewriters sell for $600 to $900 at the Web site Etsy, although it is $400 if you supply your own typewriter. If you are handy with a soldering iron, you can buy Mr. Zylkin’s do-it-yourself conversion kit for $70.
2.Old Fashioned MacBook Pro and iPad cases
Twelve South brags that its MacBook Pro and iPad cases use old-fashioned bookbinding technology. The covers are leather-bound and distressed to look like a collectible volume. The cases have a hard cover on top and bottom, with a zipper around the center to keep your computer secure.
The BookBook covers are priced at $80 to $100, depending on the size of your computer. The company says the covers disguise the device inside and could deter thieves — unless they know that many collectible books are worth far more than the next new thing.
3.Retro Bluetooth handset
ThinkGeek have taken that old handset and added Bluetooth so you can have some privacy while connected wirelessly to a mobile phone.
Here is what thew say about it: We have taken the ever-popular Retro Handset and updated it to connect to your cell phone using Bluetooth technology.
4.Credit Card lightbulb
Also from Think Geek This unusual card looks like a flat incandescent bulb, but push the bulb vertical and it unexpectedly lights up.
- Small lightbulb folds flat for storing your wallet
- Flip up for light
- Same size as a credit card, but a bit thicker
- Batteries included
5. USB Starwars
The force is strong in these little ones. A Star Wars themed USB flash drive is the ultimate design. Dozens of character to choose from including Yoda, and Stormtroopers.
Indeed..store data they can. Find them in mimoco
Lets welcome the New Year 2011 with something that take us back to the days where privacy existed and playing Pac-man on our father´s first Macintosh was the next best thing!