retro

Hack-a-Sketch takes classic toy digital [Video]

Hack-a-Sketch takes classic toy digital [Video]

Electronic versions of the classic Etch-a-Sketch aren't particularly unusual, but so far this is the first time we've seen Arduino-controlled knobs with physical resistance and a proper shake-to-clear integrated into such a project.  The Hack-a-Sketch takes a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop and adds the usual two Etch-a-Sketch rotary knobs; this time, though, they're hooked up to two potentiometers which control the onscreen drawing.

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Superheadz Digital Harinezumi retro-110 camera reaches US shores

Superheadz Digital Harinezumi retro-110 camera reaches US shores

Retro-camera addicts may have remembered mutterings of Superheadz's Digital Harinezumi camera a few months back, the unusually-shaped Japanese shooter promising Super 8 style images and silent video.  At the time, finding one outside of its native country was tougher than selling Nokia shares, but now arch-importers AudioCubes have stepped in with a $169.99 sticker price.

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Lisse Q10 retro-PMP

Lisse Q10 retro-PMP

Whether you're an iPod owner or wouldn't be seen dead near one of Apple's PMPs, you can't argue the fact that the distinctive mediaplayers have had a huge impact on how rival devices are designed.  That's why we're glad to see the Lisse Q10, a pleasingly retro PMP with a rather tactile looking control dial.

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NES HTPC mod with NVIDIA Ion graphics [Video]

NES HTPC mod with NVIDIA Ion graphics [Video]

NES console mods are cool, HTPCs are pretty cool, and nettops with NVIDIA Ion graphics are darned cool too, so when you put all three elements together you've got a recipe for something with a whole lot of cool potential.  Modder drumboog has been video documenting his work transforming a NES into an Atom 330 based Blu-ray HTPC with GeForce 9400M graphics, and while it's not quite complete yet, it's certainly 99-percent awesome.

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ODROID SNES emulator: Android gaming has promise [Video]

ODROID SNES emulator: Android gaming has promise [Video]

If you couldn't quite see the point of the ODROID Android-based handheld, how about some delicious retro gaming to hammer it home?  Manufacturers Hardkernel have pointed us in the direction of a video showing a SNES emulator running on the ODROID, and our trigger-fingers are already itching at the thought of Space Megaforce.

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Lurid retro Casio watches hit Tokyoflash

Lurid retro Casio watches hit Tokyoflash

If you're looking for distinctive watches then Tokyoflash is likely on your shortlist, and the company have just announced a few limited edition designs courtesy of Casio and Riki Watanabe.  The Casio range includes a re-release of their 80s Databank watches, only now in some eye-watering colors - together with the endearingly-chunky Casio Cubic Puzzle 3171 shown here.

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Space Foosball table brings retro gaming up to date [Video]

Space Foosball table brings retro gaming up to date [Video]

Take one of the most iconic arcade games, mix it up with a classic real-world game, and you might be so lucky as to end up with Space Foosball.  The DIY handiwork of Young J. Kim's team at the Korean Ewha Women’s University Computer Graphics Lab, Space Foosball uses the familiar handle controls from a foosball table but encodes their movement digitally, with the university's own Everyware physics engine used to power gameplay.

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Ben Heck Atari 800 laptop casemod mk3 is best yet [Video]

Ben Heck Atari 800 laptop casemod mk3 is best yet [Video]

Be still my beating retro heart.  Ben Heck has been flexing his awesome mod-skills and produced this incredible Atari 800 laptop casemod, replete with hearing-aid-beige casing, authentic keyboard - which pops-up at an angle - and front-loading cartridge slot.

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iPhone C64 emulator makes brief showing in App Store [Video]

For a moment, things were going so well.  Manomio's Commodore 64 emulator for iPhone and iPod touch had - despite incurring the wrath of Apple's App Store gatekeepers back in June - managed to sneak through on a second attempt, only to be yanked once again in the early hours.

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Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet mod [Video]

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet mod [Video]

If we had an "utterly awesome" tag here on SlashGear, you can bet I'd be using it for this.  Pocket Lucho has a history of making incredible miniature arcade cabinets, and his latest fully-operational model is a Neo Geo cabinet complete with illuminated marquee and false coin slot.

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GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

It's been almost three years since we last mentioned a review of one of GamePark's GP2X open-source handhelds, and as you might expect the company has made a few changes since then.  The latest-gen GP2X Wiz has a 2.8-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED touchscreen, customized Linux OS with 15-second boot and is available for $180; according to Boing Boing Gadgets, if you can stomach the price it's the best retro-gaming handheld around.

Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair

Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair

As someone in the market for a new desk chair, I'm now hopelessly in love with these Motoart seats.  Reclaimed from authentic, Vietnam-era fighter jets and bombers, the ejector seats are freshly padded, newly upholstered and given aluminum bases with double-wheel casters.

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