10 great retro gadgets up for grabs on eBay

Gerald Lynch Features, Gadgets, Retro gear, Tech Digest news, Top tens 5 Comments

Smartphones, tablets, 3D TVs; who needs em? Back in my day it wasn't about whether or not your mobile could multi-task, but rather if it would fit in your rucksack without the weight of it snapping your spine in two….

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Sony give mix-tape lovers a retro lifeline with the CFD-A110 boom box

Gerald Lynch Home audio, Retro gear, Tech Digest news 2 Comments

The floppy-disc may have gone the way of the Dodo, but there is one ageing technology that may yet prove to be as resilient as a cockroach; the cassette tape. Maybe it's the sentimentality that we attach to our favourite…

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Cassette Cupboard – use up all those old "NOW!" tapes

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If you invested heavily in the cassette format in the 80s and 90s, then you’re probably kicking yourself now that half of your music collection is no longer playable due to the ravages of time and magnetic degradation. That and the fact you left them in the sun during the summer of 1998 and now they stick together a bit…

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DIY VHS USB hub: fun, nostalgic project, apparently

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Given that you can pick up a four port USB hub for about five quid these days, there’s no economic value in converting an old VHS cassette tape into one (particularly as you need to buy a USB hub to make it work anyway, but for sheer nostalgia, and for the dream of clogging up your desk with a great big hub rather than a tiny one, this project could be for you.

Mention “hot glue” and “soldering equipment” and I’m running — at least for a small project like this — but if it’s your thing, head over to the Instrucables web site and give it a go…

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Lamp made from cassette tapes manages to look awesome and help environment

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Here’s what I call a lamp! Throw out the IKEA free-standers, and buy yourself one of these limited edition cassette tape lamps from Transparent House.

Each lamp is hand-made using 140 actual tapes, which cast surprisingly pretty shadows onto the surrounding walls. Before you ask whether the bulb might melt the plastic tapes, don’t fret, as the designer…

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Be all ironic with Contexture's 45 cassette-tape Nano case

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There’s so much cassette-tape nostalgia floating around these days, ever since Curry’s announced they would stop selling the format. If cassette coin purses, cassette skulls or cassette-shaped MP3 players don’t float your boat, then you were probably born after 1995 perhaps these Contexture cases for your Nano will?

The Canadian design studio has created one-of-a-kind shelled out cases for your Nano, made from recycled cassette tapes. Extremely…

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Relive the '80s with a cassette tape coin purse from Design Boom

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Cassette tapes, what are they? I can barely remember what they look like – who has used them in the last five years? I think the last time I ever played a cassette was when I was 16 and a boy made me a mix-tape. Suffice to say, I ended it soon after, like I’d put up with a technologically-repressed man.

These cassette tape coin purses on the other hand are a sweet little throw-back to the days when buying the latest pop single…

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