Videographer Guy Jones managed to get original Lumière Company footage of Paris, France during 1896-1900, and wanted to do some restoration work. So, instead of just cleaning up the artifacts, he added color, thanks to DeOldifty software, corrected the speed, and added a few authentic sound effects to really give people today a glimpse into the life of Parisians during those years. Read more for the clip and additional information.
Many are familiar with YouTube’s Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, but there was a third co-founder, Jawed Karim. He was the very first person to upload a video to the site, titled “Me at the Zoo” and uploaded April 23, 2005, which has been viewed over 65 million times as of April 2019. How did Karim meet Hurley and Chen? During his time working at PayPal, where he designed many of the core components including its real-time anti-internet-fraud system. Read more to watch the video and for a few more interesting facts.
The first handheld in Nintendo’s Game Boy lineup was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, then North America, three months later, and lastly in Europe the following year. It portable game console was designed by the same team that developed the Game & Watch and several Nintendo Entertainment System games, thus it combined features from both the NES home system and Game & Watch hardware. Featuring a green dot-matrix screen with adjustable contrast dial, five control buttons, a 2-voice speaker with adjustable volume dial, and cartridges as physical media for games. Read more for five commercials you probably never seen or knew about.
Google Maps is known for its “ichnographic,” or flattened out plan, where all buildings and their features appear perfectly perpendicular to a single, aerial viewpoint, thus enabling users to grasp a city’s entire layout, relative to its environs and the cardinal directions. Today, creating these maps aren’t too difficult, but Leonardo da Vinci managed to make one of Imola, Italy way back in 1502. Read more for a video showing how he did it.
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The unreleased Apple W.A.L.T. (Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone) made its debut at MacWorld 1993, but unfortunately, it never went into production. However, there were a few prototypes that made it into the hands of a lucky few. Previously, it was thought that the remaining devices were either broken or lost, but a fully-functioning W.A.L.T. has surfaced in a newly released video by Sonny Dickson. There was one specimen that hit eBay back in 2020 and that one sold for a whopping $8,000. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
After Venera 13’s launch in 1981 and a four-month cruise to Venus, the descent vehicle separated from the cruise stage and plunged into the Venusian atmosphere on March 1, 1982. After entering the atmosphere, a parachute was deployed at an altitude of 31 mi and simple air-braking was used to slow its journey to the surface. The lander was equipped with cameras to take photograph the ground, while spring-loaded arms measured the compressibility of the soil. Once it landed, an imaging panorama was started and a mechanical drilling arm obtained a sample, which was deposited in a hermetically sealed chamber. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Long before internet memes, there was Morris the Cat, the mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, who has appeared on its packaging and in many of its television commercials. This particular appearance was on a 1986 calendar titled “Morris, A Cat For Our Times” that featured several pieces of technology. Did you know that three different cats have played Morris the Cat? That’s right, the original was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a Chicago-area animal shelter. Read more for additional pictures.
First unveiled at the 1994 Consumer Electronics Show, SEGA’s 32X was presented as a low-cost add-on for the Genesis video game console, and designed to expand its power, thus serving as a transitional console into the 32-bit era until the release of the Saturn. It was mainly developed in response to the Atari Jaguar and concerns that the Saturn would not make it to market by the end of 1994, making the accessory a transitional device of sorts. The production model boasts two 32-bit central processing units and a 3D graphics processor. Read more for five more cool facts about this accessory.
YouTube user Stephen Reese, better known as Archon1981, managed to uncover UWC, an unreleased pro wrestling game for the Nintendo Entertainment System by developer SETA way back in 1988. There was at least on cartridge shipped to NES’ American headquarters from Japan for review, but that was the last anyone heard of it. Thanks to a former Nintendo employee Reese befriended, he managed to snag the over three-decade-old cartridge that was thought to have been lost. As you can see, it featured several prominent WCW wrestlers, Ric Flair and Sting included. Read more for more gameplay footage.
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Released in November 1992, Codemasters and Camerica’s Aladdin Deck Enhancer is basically a cartridge-based system that enabled you to run software on Compact Cartridges on the NES. Unfortunately, only seven of the twenty-four planned games were released before production was ended. Simply put, this accessory contained a bypass Security Circuit Chip, a Memory Control Chip, and a Graphics Chip that would work with the lock-out chip and other features inside the Nintendo Entertainment System. The goal was to provide a lower-cost way to make the game cartridges. Read more for another video and additional information.