Retro archive

  • Space Invaders bling rings
    Gaming

    Space Invaders bling rings

    By 7 May 2012

    First came the game, then the crisps, the street artists and now… the bling? Yup, that classic game Space Invaders has inspired a maker to produce sterling silver rings in the form of those classic aliens that so many of us spent many hours blasting....

  • iPhone heads back to the 70s
    Phones

    iPhone heads back to the 70s

    By 24 June 2010

    "Hang on," we hear you say, "an iPhone story on launch day NOT about the iPhone 4?" And you'd be right, because this tasty case is not compatible with the new handset. You're probably not one of the 16,000 people in the UK who managed to get hold of one...

  • Bigtrak Jnr lifts off - literally
    Gadgets

    Bigtrak Jnr lifts off - literally

    By 17 June 2010

    Remember when we told you that Bigtrak, the 80s computer-controlled six-wheeled toy, was on its way back? Well, the half-sized newly minted version, Bigtrak Jnr, is going to hit Firebox.com on 2 August 2010 and to celebrate, the online retailer, along...

  • Retro headsets bring back the Eighties to your mobile
    Phones

    Retro headsets bring back the Eighties to your mobile

    By 24 March 2010

    Chances are your mobile is your main phone, but a company called Native Union is hoping that you'll still have nostalgia for the older, more traditional handsets of days gone by with the launch of just that. Handsets for your mobile or computer. There...

  • New York gets 8-bit mapping project
    Gaming

    New York gets 8-bit mapping project

    By 10 March 2010

    A coder called Bret Camper has built an 8-bit map of New York City and put it online for people to explore in a Google Maps-esque style. He says that it's an attempt to "make the city feel foreign yet familiar". It's been created using a custom rendering...

  • Floppy disk pillow smiles happily at you
    Gadgets

    Floppy disk pillow smiles happily at you

    By 5 March 2010

    Shanalogic user mymimi has just revealed a new creation - the dinky little floppy disc pillow pictured above. Measuring just 7-inches by 7-inches, and just 3-inches deep, it's not going to win any awards for size. Oh, and you won't be able to store any...

  • NES game sells for $41,300
    Gaming

    NES game sells for $41,300

    By 2 March 2010

    A ultra-rare NES game titled "Stadium Events" has sold for more than $40,000 in an eBay auction. The NTSC title, which is unopened and factory sealed, attracted 115 bids before a winning figure of $41,300 was settled upon. The reason for the rarity and...

  • UK to hold vintage computing festival
    Online

    UK to hold vintage computing festival

    By 26 January 2010

    The UK's National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has announced that it'll be holding a Vintage Computer Festival between 19 and 20 June 2010. The festival will be the first of its kind in the UK - following the lead of similar events that started...

  • LG goes retro with cool new CRT TV
    Home Cinema

    LG goes retro with cool new CRT TV

    By 26 January 2010

    Rather than debut a super-thin LED backlit effort, or a giant plasma, LG has launched an amazingly retro television set in its home market of Korea with the introduction of the Serie 1 CRT television. The 14-inch TV set comes complete with a bunny-ears...

  • VIDEO: Left 4 Dead coming to the NES
    Gaming

    VIDEO: Left 4 Dead coming to the NES

    By 17 November 2009

    An enterprising games programmer named Eric Ruth has built a NES-style 8-bit demake of last year's zombie co-op shooter Left 4 Dead. It's being announced on the same date as the official sequel to the title, but won't be available until 4 January 2010....

  • VIDEO: Ties made from tape cassettes still play audio
    Audio

    VIDEO: Ties made from tape cassettes still play audio

    By 29 October 2009

    Alyce Santoro and Julio Cesar offer men's ties made from recycled cassette tapes. Rather than just offering retro - and eco - appeal, the ties have a very unusual feature. Made from 50% tape cassette tape and 50% polyester thread, it seems the tape retains...

  • Firebox offers Mathmos Fireflow
    Gadgets

    Firebox offers Mathmos Fireflow

    By 12 October 2009

    Fans of retro style will be pleased to see the Mathmos Fireflow, an authentic-looking lava lamp that works on candle power. In chrome-finished cast zinc alloy it's powered by a single tea light that will get the lava moving after about a 20 minutes for...

  • Limited edition Li126 Lambretta "bicicletta" announced
    Sports Fitness

    Limited edition Li126 Lambretta "bicicletta" announced

    By 30 September 2009

    Lambretta is said to have entered a new era with the launch of the world's first Lambretta bicicletta, the limited edition Li126. Modelled on the Lambretta driven by Jimmy in cult film Quadrophenia, the Li126 is a "city cruiser" angled at both men and...

  • Brando offers tape cassette MP3 player
    Audio

    Brando offers tape cassette MP3 player

    By 31 August 2009

    If you are somehow stuck with just a tape cassette player in your motor, then Brando has a solution for you to get your digi-tunes playing in your car. The curious, yet cunning, USB cassette MP3 player takes SD cards and then plays the content back on...

  • VIDEO: Lomography launches retro Diana Mini film camera
    Cameras

    VIDEO: Lomography launches retro Diana Mini film camera

    By 28 August 2009

    After bring the cult classic Diana camera back from the dead in 2007, Lomography is now offering a mini version of the plastic snapper. The Diana Mini is a smaller version of the Diana F+ taking 35mm, rather than 120 film, but still offers users some...

  • Smeg offers limited edition "Matt Velvet" fridge
    Online

    Smeg offers limited edition "Matt Velvet" fridge

    By 25 August 2009

    Smeg is offering a new limited edition version of its iconic Fifties-style fridge, the FAB28QBV. The new "Matt Velvet" fridge is said to feature a "soft touch surface with an extraordinary rubberized effect, the smooth, velvet black finish, adds a contemporary...