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Comparing the Original 2004 GoPro to the Newest One Is Ridiculous, But We Did It Anyway

It’s been a wild ride for GoPro. It went from a niche camera company for surfers, to a media behemoth that was printing money, and now to a company undergoing large-scale layoffs, and publicly considering selling itself. Oof. Rather than piling on, we decided to flash back to happier times. So, I went on Amazon and bought the very first GoPro Hero camera for roughly £20, to see where it all began. Read More >>

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Genius Converts ’80s Intercom into a Google Home With Raspberry Pi

When it comes to homebrew projects, Google is actually a pretty cool company. Unlike some of its rivals in Silicon Valley—particularly in Cupertino—the search giant sometimes likes to help people hack into its hardware and make it their own. The latest example of this fine tradition helped one crafty British man turn a vintage intercom into a working version of a Google Home. Read More >>

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New Trick Helps Winemakers Figure Out Which Microbes Make Good Wine

Winemaking is always an exercise in uncertainty. You don’t really know just what the wine will taste like until the very end of the process, which is sometimes decades long. A new technique, however, could help predict what wine will taste like before it’s even made. Read More >>

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How Netflix Could’ve Looked in the 1950s

The Phlico Predicta was a TV that, in design terms at least, was way ahead of its time. But what if it had come loaded with Netflix? Read More >>

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110-Year-Old Electric Car Sells for £62,500

Teslas might be ‘practical’ and ‘fast’ and other useful things, but they’re also a little nouveau riche. If you want real electric-car class, you’ve got to hark back to 1905, and this very expensive vintage golf cart – which just sold at auction for £62,500 (£95k). Read More >>

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A Look at the Tefifon, Germany’s Doomed 1950s Music Player 

After World War II, people started buying vinyl and record players more than ever before. But over in West Germany, another music player took off: the Tefifon. Read More >>

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This Beautiful Vintage Radio is Actually a Custom Gaming PC

In the 1940s, people tuned into regal radios that were as much a piece of furniture as they were a gadget. So when computer designer Jeffrey Stephenson decided to build a small, high-end gaming PC, he took design cues from a popular Canadian radio model, The Addison. Stephenson crafted an intricate paean to old-fashioned radio aesthetics so he could play his favourite modern games. The results are beautiful: Read More >>

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Train Etiquette Posters From 1970s Japan are Just as Relevant Today

Don't smoke in the train station. Don't spit your gum on the floor. And please, god, don't splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today's public transit, but they're actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo's subway forty years ago. Read More >>

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Look at These Sweet Animated GIFs of Obsolete Technology

Hello, beautiful. No, not you. That animated GIF of a wonderfully curvy Coronet Super 12 typewriter. Oh and that one of TEAC reel-to-reel tapedeck and the Bell & Howe Super 8 projector. Actually, all of the images in Jim Golden's new project "Relics of Technology" are just great. Read More >>

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The Control Room of a German Submarine from 1918

Taken in November of 1918, these two photos show the inside of the UB-110 German submarine. The valves were used to control the submarine and the reverse image is of four torpedo tubes used against a merchant ship in July 1918. Soon after the attack the submarine sunk and later was salvaged, but scrapped. Read More >>

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12 Classic Cameras That Look Nothing Like Cameras

The advent of digital photography has transformed how we view the world around us. The breadth and scope of our image capture devices has exploded. But not even the most ingenious action cam can compare to the sheer audacity of these awesome rigs collected by our friends at Ooobject. Read More >>

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Vintage Packaging of Famous Products Makes Me Want to Live in Yesterday

We just went to CES and saw a lot of the gadgets we'll be playing with in the future. But it didn't make me as excited as seeing all of these old products with vintage packaging. I wish every product could go back to its vintage packaging. Read More >>

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Impossible Looks to Do the Impossible and Turn Your Phone Snaps into Real, Instant Photos

Alright, you might have turned your Instagram shots into an arty iPad case, or even had them made into chocolates, but have you ever wanted to grab your phone camera snaps and instantly turn them into real analogue photos? The folks at Impossible look to do that with their snazzy Instant Lab, that takes your digital photos and turns them into real instant analogue prints. Ya-huh! Read More >>

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Severe Cold War Cameras Make Funky Modern Lamps

These days, camera talk is all Canon-Nikon-Sony, but during the Cold War Zenit and Praktica ruled the lightwaves in Russia and East Germany respectively. These repurposed vintage models pay homage to that history while brightening up a dark corner in your living room. Read More >>

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Vintage Swiss Army Torches Look As Good As the Day They Were Never Used

It's dim, it gets hot, and it will probably chew through batteries faster than an electric car. But damned if this vintage Swiss Army torch dating back to the '50s and '60s isn't a lovely piece of hardware. Read More >>