- What techno gadgets amazed you as a kid?
I remember my dad bringing home some stuff that blew my mind. The first one that springs to mind is this:
I played with it for hours and then dismantled it to see what was going on inside. I didn’t manage to re-mantle it though and I got a bit of a rollocking.
I also remember the first remote control TV we had. The remote was ultrasonic rather than infrared so you could hear the signal that changed channel / adjusted volume! Similar to this:
I remember by dad couldn’t hear it as he was at that age when his higher frequency hearing was diminishing. Not surprising though, I’ve just read that a typical signal frequency was 35kHz.
And finally (for now at least) this:
My “uncle Tommy” bought me and my sister Zeon LCD watches for xmas. I was stunned by it and spent hours just staring at the changing numbers.Posted 4 years agosweepyMember
First time i saw a digital watch it was one of those ones where the numbers light up red. It was integral to the plot on Columbo (How do you know it was precisely 7:28? sir- because of my new digital watch officer)Posted 4 years ago
The next day at school everyone was talking about it like it was special effects. By xmas everyone had one, by boxing day all the batteries had run out.mrmonkfingerMember
My older brother bought one of these
Age 6, I was awestruck. It had an asteroids cartridge (a brilliant version of asteroids, too), and joysticks, and made explosion noises come out the telly.
Several years later I spent all my earthly posessions on a spectrum.
I still work in computers…Posted 4 years ago
TCR – Totally Crap Racing. If one car was a bit quicker you just held down the lane change button and you couldn’t be beaten. Mate of mine had one. His older brother HAD to have the fast car and bored us to death with this tactic. Arsehole.
Well yes it was useless. But when I first saw it I was amazed. All I remember of actually using it was having to go around the track with a 2p coin all the time to make sure the contacts were really clean.
And we got busted that Christmas – our mum found us in her bedroom with it all out after we had found it in their wardrobe.
Sorry mum – I never did get to say sorry to you for that one xPosted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
and one I can’t find an image of. memory is hazy now, there was a steering wheel and a little 3d landscape in front of it with various roads, the landscape went round and you had to move the steering wheel which moved a car towards and away from you via magnets. This allowed you to ‘navigate’ the roads and junctions.
I think part of the magic was, they weren’t mine. Goes on them were fleeting and I couldn’t take them apart/get bored of them so they always seemed a bit mysterious and special.Posted 4 years ago
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