Unlike many of the other electronics examined in Classic Home Toys, the Timex Datalink watch is alive and kicking and the watch is a credit to Timex for managing to stay ahead of the game in innovation.
At the time the Model 16 was introduced to the home computer market, the system represented one of the most advanced personal computers available for a small or home based business.
The Model I combined the motherboard and keyboard into one unit, in what was to be a common case design trend throughout the 8 and 16 bit microcomputer era, although it had a separate power supply unit.
Because of its ease of use and its ability to produce a picture in a seconds at any location, the Polaroid was used by insurance agents, construction foreman, real estate agents, and filmmakers.
Colecovision's reign as king of the video game kingdom was short lived. Though the system sold well, Colecovision was reluctant to invest in original game design and relied heavily, if not almost entirely, on games brewed from arcade classics.
Intellivision was the first video game system to offer downloadable games via a Mattel owned cable TV station called PlayCable. However, since the Intellivision console contained no hard drive to save games, the downloaded games were lost once the power to the console was shut off.
Look up in the skyâ€¦it's a bird..no it's planeâ€¦no it's the Sony Discman
The Sirius Movie CD was a marvelous creation and the CD-ROM's which were released worked very well and represented a giant leap forward in CD-ROM movie technology.
DIVX (an acronym for Digital Video Express) was a rental format variation on the DVD player in which a customer would buy a DIVXdisc (similar to a DVD) at a low cost, which would be able to be feely viewed up to 48 hours from its initial viewing.
Some companies till produce cassette Walkmans although the demand by consumers for them had dropped dramatically. Portable CD players (one time known as Discmans) as well as the Apple iPod and other devices have virtually all but eliminated the cassette Walkman market.
Laservision players had actually been invented in 1972 (under the name MCA Disco- O-Vision) and was intended to be an economical way to sell movies to the consumer market.
Beta and Betamax decks are alive and well. You probably won't find them in your local home electronics store, though. Beta has been relegated mainly to television studio use as well as portable video news cameras.
This new column, Classic Home Toys, will feature electronics of yesteryear. It is this reviewers hope that this column and forthcoming articles will bring nostalgic memories back to those who used these formats and, hopefully, help out those readers who may still be using these formats to connect with other hobbyists who have an appreciation for what these home toys of yesteryear could do.
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