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Old Meets New: 10 Vintage-Inspired Tech Products

June 22, 2015
It’s easy to get nostalgic about technology from the past — until we remember how unreliable and bulky our electronics used to be. To bridge the gap, we’ve found gadgets that meld iconic styles from yesteryear with today’s technology. Now you can enjoy that retro feel without having to hand-crank a gramophone, load a slide carousel or rewind a cassette tape.
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Photo: Gramovox


The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone has a sleek design, yet with a vintage sound even great-aunt Sylvie would approve of. The Bluetooth 4.0-enabled speaker has a range of 30 feet and a battery life of 15 hours, so if you Lindy Hop across the room, you can still control the music. 

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Photo: Projecteo


Projecteo allows you to turn images from your Instagram account into an old-school slide show. Pick nine photos, and they’ll be developed onto a Barbie-size slide wheel and sent with a reusable, battery-powered mini projector with an LED light. 

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Photo: Polaroid

Polaroid Socialmatic

Don’t shake it; this camera acts like a vintage Polaroid model, printing out instant 2" by 3" photos. But it also has built-in Wi-Fi and an Android interface, for uploading your pics. The Polaroid Socialmatic can also embed a QR code so you can track which images go viral. 

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Photo: iRecorder


iRecorder is a dead ringer for a Reagan-era cassette deck, but instead of a tape, you pop in your iPhone and use it as a speaker. The play/pause, rewind and fast forward buttons have the touch and function of the original, so bring on the Depeche Mode.

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