Blast from the past

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    Let’s get a bit nostalgic with some earlier devices that paved the way for our indispensable electronics of today.

     

    Magnavox Odyssey

    In 1972, the Magnavox Odyssey was released as the first home video game console which could be connected to a Television set. The console came with two rectangular controllers and had limited graphic capabilities and no sound.

     

    Motorola 1973

    Motorola was the first to start the mobile phone revolution in 1973, with a working prototype that weighed 1.1 kg and was 23 cm long and 4.45 cm wide. The battery lasted 30 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge.

     

    Xerox NoteTaker

    1978 saw the birth of the first portable computer, the Xerox NoteTaker. This highly advanced computer boasted a built-in monitor, a floppy disk drive and a mouse and had 256 KB of RAM and weighed 22 kg. Only around 10 prototypes were built and sadly it never entered production.

     

     

    Sinclair ZX80

    1980, the Sinclair ZX80 hit the market as one of the first popular home computers, it boasted 1 KB of RAM and 4 KB of read-only memory. It was sold in kit form and had to be assembled and soldered together. Display was over an RF connection to a household television.

    If this doesn’t make you thankful for what you have, nothing will 😉

    Drop me a message in the comment section; I would love to hear what classic gems you still own.

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