Old School Tech That’s Making a Comeback
October 4, 2016

They’re back from the dead – so to speak.

Technology now evolves in a rapid rate that at times I myself gets surprised with the various new improvements with existing technology. But from the past years, you may have noticed that most of these technologies that were considered done are now slowly making a comeback.

Here are some of them:

Polaroid – I used to ask my mom for a Polaroid camera when I was a kid since it was the fastest way I can shoot something and immediately see it, considering that cameras before would need to have the film developed before you can see the pictures. Digital cameras somehow made taking images easier – but at the moment, cameras like the Instax from Fujifilm goes back to the classic looks of the early days of the Polaroid. Yes, it’s still loaded with the best camera tech available and yes, it can still print out images immediately after you shoot them.

Turntables – I’ve only seen turntables when my dad used to have an audio room. But at the moment, devices like the Audio Technica AT-LP60BK-BT brings back the glory days of vinyl by offering a turntable that includes Bluetooth support. It’s the perfect blend of old and new.

VHS Recorders – I remember watching old videos of me when I was kid that were recorded on those big and bulky camcorders. And while that has evolved to us shooting videos in 4K from our smartphones, some still miss the old school look provided by the camcorder – which can now be reminisced through apps like the VHS Camcorder app, which emulates the murky, washed out effects that you see when you record on analog tapes.

Super 8 – Those Super 8 cameras were the main hype back before camcorders were invented. While it was expensive at that time, it was the best accessory to have for anyone dreaming to become a filmmaker. Just a couple of months back, Kodak has announced that it is bringing a Super 8 camera back in stores – something I’m sure J.J. Abrams is excited about.

Walkman – Everyone for sure has heard of the Walkman – the iconic cassette playing audio device made by Sony. We’d thought that the brand will have met its demise when cassette tapes and even CDs were slowly phased out, but it makes a comeback albeit now in a digital form. The new Walkmans support digital files, and can even support high-resolution digital audio.

NES – Every gamer (or even if you are not) must have played a Mario or Zelda game when they were kids. And while games have come a long way from the days of side-scrolling, 8-bit obstacles, there is still something about these games that strike a chord in anyone. And that’s why Nintendo is bringing back the classic NES console in a more portable form. It comes preloaded with 30 classic games, and can even  run in old school mode that makes it looking like you’re playing on a CRT TV.

What other technologies or gadgets you think are making a comeback? Let us know in the comments below!

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