How Do You Remember These Ancient Pieces of the 1990s Tech?

How Do You Remember These Ancient Pieces of the 1990s Tech? ...

It''s funny how the things that seem so futuristic when they''re first published end up becoming so retro, so quickly, is it? The next yearas trash a or, at best, the next yearas ay2k chica Depop list. Take the use of the recent ait girla-ification of wired headphones, a device that hardly seemed to date until last year. Or, the VHS camcorder aesthetic that now makers.

It''s no wonder that those who grew up during that time have a soft spot for their younger generations. (Slash, why so many Gen Zaers have romanticized the aretroa aesthetics of their infant years.)

Every day when you''re in trouble keeping up with the technology of today (and the youngster who use it), remember that every generation will one day have to deal with the same thing. Sure, skinny jeans are no longer the cutting edge (and circulation-cutting) innovation you once considered. At least your AIM screen name wonat live on forever as todayas TikTok tweensa videos.

Here are a few of the most nostalgic gadgets from the 1990s and early ties, from Hit Clips to Palm Pilots, pagers, and more.


These are abeepers, or abuzzers, whatever the heck you called them. Pagers have a long and long history. In 1950, doctors in New York City paid $12 a month for access to six-ounce pagers that could receive phone messages within 25 miles of a transmitter tower. This led to widespread use of pagers non-doctor leaders throughout the decade. Bonus points if yours was neon, see-through, or both.

Motorola announced in 2001 that its production pagers would be terminated, indicating the end of an era. It''s good thing we''ve got smartphones to fill the void right now.


These old reliables performed low-quality one-minute clips of NSYNC, Britney Spears, and other of the ''90s and ''00s''hottest acts. Sure, the sound quality made it sound like your boombox had gone stuck in a garbage disposal, and repeating the same minute of aBaby, One More Timea on repeat probably test your momas patience. At the time, jamming in your room alone to a HitClip was like the next best thing to winning


Who might forget their first Discman? Originally introduced in 1984, it became a must-have for any music lover over the next decade or so. The highly popular Discman D121 model had little to no anti-skip, but good gravy, was it beloved! So many memories, with a questionable soundtrack.

4.MiniDisc Players

MiniDisc players caught the scene in 1992, finally giving a digital platform of storage and playing music. As is, the technology just wasn''t enough to stay ahead of the curve, although Sony marketed them until as early as 2013.

5.Tiger Handheld Games

For a moment, let''s get away from music. Perhaps they were more a product of the 1980s than the 1990s, but before the Game Boy finally reached its stride, they were the only video games that you might actually take with you on long-car rides.

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6.The Original Game Boy

Yes, the rocky green-screened clunker that was the foundation of handheld gaming between 1989 and 1996. And, after that, the Game Boy Color became ubiquitous, and, well, today, there are some handheld cameras capable of showing 3D pictures without the aid of those annoying glasses. How the times come back. But, at least retro gaming has made something of a comeback. These days, you may use the original Sonic the Hedgehog on your smartphone.

7.Car Phones

The very first car phone was built around 1946, and the equipment for it was 80 pounds. Like the Tiger handheld video games, the car phone grew to its lowest level in the 1980s. By the time the late 1990s rolled around, the cell phone had mostly reintroduced it. They were basically fantastic, and they were the most high-tech thing one might imagine. A phonea in your car. What''s the difference?

8.The Original iMac

Nothing starts out like an aesthetically distinctive piece of technology. iMacs are still around, apparently because they''re Apple''s signature desktop computer, but they''ve since transitioned from that unique, space-age look to something sleeker. What makes anyone forget about their youth''s curious nuances? There''s something quite exciting about being able to see your device''s innards.


A relaunched Palm device was made popular in the mid-''90s by Palm Pilots, who was then the mobile organizers of your dreams, keeping track of everything from your dentist appointment to that really important presentation you received. However, unlike many other devices, the smartphone becomes increasingly obsolete in 2018. Why have you had a smart watch and a real phone?

10.Zip Drives

Zip drives are still functional to the MiniDisc player of computer data storage, although they are neither high-tech nor high-tech enough to be combined with the latter. In this instance, the two poles are floppy discs and CD-ROM.

Zip drives were introduced by Iomega in 1994, and initially sold well due to their relatively low price point and improved storage capacity. To put it in perspective, the three-and-a-half-inch Floptical diskette was able to contain 21 percent of data, while the three-and-a-half-inch Superdisks were also released in 1996 and 1997, weighing 124 and 240 grams. However, an Iomega zip drive cartridge may range from 100 to 750 MB depending on how

So, then, CD-writing techniques, and thumb drives happened, and, well, you know how this one works. However, you may still get cartridges on Amazon if you really want them.


If you were a a90s baby, there''s a good chance that Tamagotchis raised you. (And that you raised Tamagotchis.) This digital pet device now has 25 years old, enabling users to feed and care for their digital pet like a real animal. It was then removed, but it kicked the bucket. Looking back on the past few years, it is easy to wonder if these little companions were before their time.

12.Nokia Phones

It was at the time that you could do everything on a Nokia phone. Make a call, play an extremely lo-res video game, and... well, that was about it. It wasnt until 2002 that Nokia would make its first swing at a smartphone with an integrated camera. However, throughout the 1990s, Nokia phones still felt elite, owing to their elegant colors and exceptional build.


The Talkboy, which was designed specifically as a home Alone prop, became a coveted toy among the talented Kevin McAllisters of the world. The fairly simple cassette recorder allowed children everywhere to record their own messages or aspya on their relatives a and later versions even allowed for voice changes. Nothing suggests that the Talkgirl version of the timea is similar to the one used in Home Alone.

14.Electronic Diary

The electronic diary was something like a childrenas version of the PDA. Perhaps the most popular iteration was the Dear Diary from Tiger Electronics, which included features like a personal horoscope, a digital phonebook, and more.

15.The Original iPod

Sure, the first iPod did not arrive until 2001, but now that the iPod has officially been rendered obsolete by Apple, it deserves its own obituary. The original iPod completely changed the game when it came to MP3 players with its sleek, compact design, and a song library storage of up to 1,000 songs. As the iPod evolved into later versions like the iPod Shuffle and the iPod touch, it also paved the way for the multimedia capabilities of smartphones today.

This article was originally published on September 9, 2015.

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