Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 10 Strangest Retro-Styled Gadgets” for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites?
10. Retro-Styled USB Lamp
With its retro-style design and plethora of gaming options, the Novotable aims to provide quality entertainment. It sports a 32-inch display mounted horizonatally, dual joysticks, subwoofer, ShuttlePC, and either a PS2 or XBox gaming console.
“You also get a a stainless steel keyboard to swap out the controllers in case you want to use your multi-thousand dollar device (actual price: unknown, but presumed high) for something other than playing the biggest pixelated hits of the 80’s”
8. Teac SL-A200 CD/LP Record Player
Looking for a new LP record player that’s also compatible with CDs? Check out the Teac SL-A200. This retro-styled device features a built-in 3W x 2ch amplifier, CD player (with CD-R/RW compatibility), AM/FM tuner, analog (RCA) output, and blue/orange LED indicator lights. The belt-driven turntable offers three playback modes — LP, EP, and SP. It measures 385 x 410 x 195mm and weighs approx. 13.6-pounds. Available now in Japan, at the price of $218 USD. [Source]
7. Retro Cell Phone Receiver
Presenting the retro-styled cell phone receiver from Fred Flare. It works with most cell phones using the provided adapters and measures in at 2.5″ x 8″ — with a 19″ long cord. [Source]
6. Nintendo Business Card Holders
Check out these retro Nintendo Famicon business card holders. They come in either a cartridge or controller design and resemble their actual counterparts. A must have item for Nintendo fans.
Show off your retro gaming heritage with these classic Famicom (NES) cartridge or controller replica business card holders. Cartridges come from either Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros, The Ledged of Zelda, Ice Climber or Balloon Fight, then there’s both Controller 1 and 2, the second with the volume control and speaker
5. Digital Cowboy’s Classic USB Skype Phone
Styled after a classic rotary phone, the DC-NCTEL1 is far from old-fashioned, it features USB connectivity and full Skype compatibility. You can actually use the rotary dial to call a preset Skype number. This phone measures 260 x 130 x 14 mm and weighs 1.6 pounds.
So just lift the receiver and dial a number the old fashioned way. When the receiver is picked Skype starts automatically and closes when the receiver is placed in the cradle
4. Commodore PET/CBM
This modder managed to cram a Gateway GP6-400 into the shell of an old Commodore CBM 3032, complete with Kubuntu. The original screen was replaced by a 7-inch LCD display with integrated DVB-T tuner. Plus, it has a DVD-ROM drive hacked into the monitor’s back side. Couple more pics after the jump.
When I was growing up I had an Apple ][, but what I really wanted, after having read many picture books about computers, was a Commodore PET. To me, the PET was and remains one of the classic computer designs of the 80s
3. Wurlitzer’s iPod Jukebox
Enjoy listening to music from your iPod in a whole new way with Wurlitzer’s “One More Time” Jukebox. In addition to the retro styling, it features a built-in iPod dock, Bose Acoustimass Sound System, and a 100 CD Changer. So if you get tired of listening to the 10,000 songs on your 60GB iPod, than just fire up some CD’s for more countless hours of enjoyment. All this doesn’t come cheap though, expect to shell out $9,500 USD to own one of these babies. [Source 1|2]
2. Retro Cell Phone Stun Gun
At $867 USD (7,000 Yuan), this retro-styled cell phone features an integrated stun gun, aptly named the “Shock Stick”. Flip the volume switch up and the top of the phone emits an electromagnetic wave that may be lethal. [Source]
1. Touchscreen Boombox PC
This Touchscreen Boombox PC combines a Hitachi TRK-8200HR and Fujitsu Stylistic 1200 Color Tablet PC into the sleek retro package you see above. Powered by Windows 98, this PC features a 20GB hard drive, 802.11b Wi-Fi, internal webcam, 4 USB ports, and a “custom desktop to keep original aesthetics”. [Source]