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4 Retro Tech Gadgets that are Making a Comeback

Nostalgia is at an all-time high for 2017 as we go back to simpler times where smart technology was in its natal stage. The return of “Jurassic Tech” this year was highlighted with the announcement of “the brick” phone, Nokia 3310, being revamped. However, it wasn’t the only old favorite that has made a recent resurgence. Here’s a list of four new gadgets that have re-entered the tech scene.

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Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

What was the introduction to gaming to many is now being revived into something sleeker, smaller, but with the same amount of fun  In 1985, it was a groundbreaking console where many associate it with the classics: “Donkey Kong,” “The Legend of Zelda,” and “Super Mario Bros.” Unlike the recent controversy of the Nintendo Switch whose cartridges are laced with a disgusting serum that prevents kids from eating it, this console has an internal memory drive where anyone can store their games without the clunkiness.



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Nokia 3310

Revered for its long battery life and its sheer indestructible casing, one of the most popular mobile phones of all time is getting a revamp. The arrival of the new phone was announced last Sunday on the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and will be sold at a cheaper price. Its features include a 2-megapixel camera, and as the meme goes, the ability to run for a month on standby without the need of it being charged. The only downside is that it will have restricted access to the internet, but that’s the price to pay for having a gadget with immortality.


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Polaroid Cameras

Our smart phones today have the ability to be our camera, calculator, computer, etc. all in one; it was a no-brainer for the Polaroid camera to be obsolete by now. However, they’re not—in fact, they’re more popular than ever. A new take on the classic Polaroid is their new line of cameras called the Snap: the combination of a smartphone and a Polaroid that can save your shots digitally and print them out, saving you the hassle of doing both but with separate gadgets. It can shoot print in color, black and white, or sepia, and with or without a border. For those who are very much into selfies, it even has a photo booth mode than can take six shots in ten seconds, giving anyone a variety of pictures to choose from. 

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Vinyl Record Player

After dwindling from the scene in the late 1980s, vinyl records were as good as dead. During the 90s and the early 2000s, only the music purists were purchasing vinyl records. It wasn’t until the early 2010s to the recent years that vinyl records sales were at an all-time high. Both music fans who still love the rich sound from the turntable and the technology-savvy kids of today would enjoy the more modern version of the record player, with its high-torque direct drive motor and USB output that connects directly to the user’s computer. It can also convert vinyl records to digital audio files, so the user can listen to vinyl-quality sounds at any time of the day. 

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