10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

Today's gadgets are streamlined and simplified -- pure touchscreens stripped of ornament -- which spurs our longing for bygone hardware.

There's a wave of new technology that scratches that old itch. From the iTypewriter's retro blend of the 20th and 21st centuries to the Atari Arcade that brings old-school style arcade gaming to the iPad, the comeback now looks like the ultimate innovation.

Some are still only concepts but the majority are available for sale. 

10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

1. iTypewriter lets you type on your tablet like a modern-day Ernest Hemingway


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Product: iTypewriter

Cost: To be determined

About: Typewriters have been around since the 1860s and became standard in offices, newsrooms, and government agencies for all correspondence. But with the emergence of personal computers and word processors in the 1980s, typewriters grew obsolete. Yet they linger in one way: The layout of virtual keyboards on touchscreens still uses the old QWERTY typewriter layout, designed to slow typists' fingers down so the mechanical keys wouldn't jam against each other.


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10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

2. Sony put CD and cassette players on the back burner for MP3 players


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Product: Sony Walkman MP3 Players

Cost: Sony has three models of MP3 players ranging from $49 to $299.

About: Sony Walkman devices used to be all the rage before MP3 players made their way onto the market. The first Walkman devices in the 1980s only played cassette tapes but eventually evolved to play CDs, MiniDiscs, and more recently, MP3s and other digital audio files. These days, the main appeal is the Walkman name, for those who remember the pre-iPod era.

10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

3. The iCade brings traditional arcade gaming to your home


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Product: iCade iPad arcade cabinet

Cost: The iCade ranges from $69 to $99 on ThinkGeek

About: Before personal video gaming devices became a staple in U.S. households, kids actually had to go local businesses or arcades in their neighborhood to play games.

The iCade actually stared off as an April Fool's joke but it turned into a real product because customer demand ended up to be incredibly high. 

10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

4. Atari launched a joystick for the iPad to enable arcade-like gaming on the go


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Product: Atari Arcade

Cost: $60

About: Atari, the long-time gaming company behind popular games like Pong, Asteroids, and Centipede, released an iCade joystick to complement its greatest-hits collection for the iPad.

10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

5. This old-school handset works great with mobile phones


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Product: PopPhone

Cost: Prices for the PopPhone start at $29 on Native Phone

About: Landline phones are a thing of the past, but Native Phone has come up with a solution for those missing the feel of an old-school phone in your hand. It's compatible with smartphones, tablets, and computers.

10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

6. Moleskine and Evernote teamed up to digitize the tried and true notebook


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Product: Smart Notebook by Moleskine

Cost: Starts at $24.95

About: While not a gadget per se, the notebook was overdue for an update. The Smart Notebook works alongside Evernote's mobile app to digitize handwritten notes.

 

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10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

7. Turntables aren't just for playing records anymore


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Product: iTurntable

Cost: To be determined

About: Instead of using records as a source of music, the iTurntable relies on the iPhone. The reading arm controls the forward, backward, play, and pause functions on the iPhone.

10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

8. An old-school brick phone case for iPhone


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Product: Retro iPhone case

Cost: $14.99 on ThinkGeek

About: When cell phones first came out, they were incredibly clunky and typically bigger than a landline phone itself. If you weren't alive or old enough in the eighties to own one of those cell phones, it's now possible to get that same experience with the Retro iPhone case. 

10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

9. The telegraph now tweets in Morse code


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Product: Tworse Key

Cost: None. You can build your own Tworse Key using schematics posted online.

About: There hasn't been a need to send messages over a telegraph since the invention of the telephone, but innovator Martin Kaltenbrunner still thought it would be fun to build a device that makes it possible to tweet in Morse code.

The Tworse Key is a standalone device that relies on the Arduino Ethernet board to decode Morse signals and tweet them using Twitter's API. 


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10 Old-School Gadgets Reborn With New Tech

10. One of the biggest fad's of the nineties uses Bluetooth to stay relevant


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Product: Casio G-Shock GB6900AA

Cost: $180

About: G-Shock watches were incredibly popular in the '90s, and became a huge hit among kids. Now that all those kids are grown up, Casio recently released a watch for the tech-savvy. The new Casio G-Shock pairs with the iPhone via Bluetooth to display synced time, calls, and email alerts. 

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