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Retro

Gizmag takes a hands-on look at the Polaroid Z2300 digital instant camera

Although most people think of Polaroid instant cameras as retro relics from the 70s and 80s, those cameras did do something that today’s digital models don’t – they provided you with an on-the-spot photographic print. The picture quality wasn’t great, but it was fun to instantly receive that tangible finished product. Polaroid is now trying to recapture a little of that fun, with its new Z2300 digital instant camera. I recently had the chance to try one out for myself.  Read More

A hacker has retrofitted a classic NES Zapper with a powerful laser, resulting in a gun th...

Remember the classic NES Zapper, as used in games like Duck Hunt? Well, an intrepid tinkerer at North Street Labs hacker space in Portsmouth, Virginia, has taken that same harmless toy and retrofitted it with a powerful laser. While not quite deadly enough to take out a real life mallard, you wouldn't want to point the NES Zapper Laser toward a TV either, as it's capable of doing considerable damage to whatever it shoots.  Read More

The Pianocade is designed to appeal to the sensibilities of retro gamers

Those who grew up playing video games from the 8-bit era will likely have various of the theme tunes from those early arcade classics – including some of the Atari games now playable on the Web in HTML5 – stuck in their heads forever more. Super Mario Bros., Pokemon, Mega Man, and, of course, Tetris are all classic games with classic theme tunes. Modern video games cannot quite compete with these old-skool songs, which is perhaps why the Pianocade is such a compelling product, at least for those of us of a certain age.  Read More

The Border Lands start screen will be familiar to anyone who played the real Borderlands

The first Borderlands game was released on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2009 and its cel-shaded visuals and heady mix of RPG and shooter elements resulted in a positive critical reception. A sequel, unsurprisingly titled Borderlands 2, is due to be released on Sept. 18 and the developer, Gearbox Software, is putting the publicity drive in gear. The latest push to gain attention is the release of a 16-bit version of Borderlands playable in a (Flash enabled) web browser. Titled The Border Lands, (like Facebook, it dropped the "the"), it offers some simple "old-skool" fun for gamers while they wait for the main event.  Read More

Ritmo Mundo's Reflex watch takes a slap bracelet form factor

Children of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s will likely remember the craze that was slap bracelets, those oh-so-trendy fashion accessories whose stainless steel spring bands allowed them to wrap around a wrist with a simple slap. Ritmo Mundo has brought back the slap bracelet and added some extra functionality with its Reflex watch that lets you know just how far gone that misspent youth is.  Read More

Retro Alien Couch is the perfect sofa for retro gamers

Gaming is always evolving, with the technology forever pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This means there's a heavy dose of nostalgia lurking inside all gamers of a certain age who once played Tetris and Pac-Man and now play Call of Duty and Halo. Retro gaming is big business, on eBay and beyond, and it isn't just about the games themselves but all the merchandise associated with them - even furniture, such as this Retro Alien Couch from designer Igor Chak.  Read More

Petit Computer brings back the days when apps were still called programs

Petit Computer is a new application which brings the golden age of home computing to Nintendo 3DS and DSi - no cassette tape required. Available on the DSiWare store and 3DS eShop, the app allows both hardened BASIC veterans and new recruits to get stuck in to the venerable programming language and to this end, several tools are provided which are written in BASIC and thus can be tinkered with easily.  Read More

The qualifying entry from North Street Labs for this year's Red Bull Creation competition ...

Part of the huge appeal of the electronic follow-me game of Simon was its simplicity. Anyone in the family could step up and play without needing advanced scientific know-how or seriously fast hand-to-eye co-ordination skills. It was an entertaining challenge where the punishment for incorrectly following Simon's lead resulted in no more than a disapproving buzzer sound ... until now. A group of hackers has constructed a modern violence edition as a qualifying entry for this year's Red Bull Creation competition that is quite literally a bone shaker.  Read More

The GameDock turns the iPhone into a home game console

The GameDock is a new accessory in the works for iPhone and iPad that converts your mobile device into a retro game console, complete with controller support for two players and video output for big screen gameplay. The controller is similar to the original Nintendo Gamepad and features a single directional pad and two action buttons in a comfortable and well tested layout.  Read More

The gorgeous Nixie tube chess set made by Tony Adams is now being made available as a limi...

The gentle orange glow of a Nixie display tube has held a special place in the hearts of DIY device builders for as long as I can remember but they seem to be undergoing something of a mainstream revival of late. Many are used as clock displays (as evidenced by our recent coverage of the Ramos alarm clock and ThinkGeek’s DIY Nixie Tube Desk Clock kit), due to the most common tube featuring a stack of numerical cathodes. Some display scientific symbols, of course, and its these Nixie tubes that have been used in the creation of the gorgeous chess board you see above. Developer Tony Adams (otherwise known as Lasermad) has received such a positive response to his design that he's decided to sell a limited number as self-build kits.  Read More

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