Gift ideas for the retro-tech teen

Summary:Step back in time with retro technology gift ideas.

There are some great gifts out there for the Generation Y -- especially those that enjoy occasionally remembering retro tech, or indulging in the guilty pleasure of Super Mario, Pacman and Space Invaders. What are some of the products on offer?

See also: Full collection of gifts for the retro fan.

1. The iCade

The iCade is an arcade cabinet designed for the iPad - originally an April Fool's joke, the concept was taken and developed for the masses.

Available for $99.99 to U.S. and Canadian customers, this product works by sliding an iPad in to a docking station, where the iCade connects to the device using Bluetooth technology.

ION and Atari are partners who are involved in this product. Over 2600 titles from Atari are available through a suite download, whereas an accompanying app allows a user to download and purchase from a selection of 100 games.

It is compatible with the iPad and iPad 2 models.

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2. The Flashback Atari

Before the days of the Nintendo Wii, Xbox or Playstation, games console reigned, the Atari was a console of choice. If you want to take a trip back to the days of classics like Asteroids, then the 'flashback' Atari console is a good choice.

This £39.95 ($64) console comes equipped with an AC adapter, two classic controllers and sixty games embedded within the machine.

There is a wide range of games included, some of which are:

3D Tic-Tac-Toe Adventure II Adventure Asteroids Air Sea Battle Battle Zone Circus Atari.

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3. Space Invaders couch

This sofa design, produced by Igor Chak, may burn a hole in your pocket but it is certainly a conversation starter.

Taking cues from the popular, iconic game Space Invaders, this couch is available for those in the United States, and costs $5000. Custom colours and builds are available on request.

It is made from memory foam, leather, and two glass surfaces:

Width: 77.2 in (196 cm) Depth: 33.1 in (84 cm) Height: 29.8 in (75.8 cm)

Source: Igor Chak

4. Pac-man wallpaper

Do you want to be sent back to the days of Namco Bandai's Pac-man game?

It is still a popular game and theme, finding its way on clothing, posters and gadgets. However, it is also possible to purchase Pac-man wallpaper stickers for your home, or perhaps your child's bedroom? It has also been spied in UK campus dorms.

This sticker set will put you back $45.00 a time, and other options are available to buy online -- including Pac-man borders.

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5. Polaroid Z340

Available for pre-order, the Polaroid Z340 twists a classic concept in photography. costing £269.99 ($365) so it's steep for a gadget, however, if you want to print 3"x4" photos and store them on an SD card for future digital use, then this camera is a good option.

The design is typically classic and mimics a Polaroid camera, however, it comes with a number of modern facilities. These include an LCD screen to edit photos before printing, adding the classic Polaroid border to images, editing and cropping, of which which everything can be downloaded as an app for use on a mobile device.

It prints on Zinc paper, and uses a rechargeable lithium iron battery. The image quality is 14.0 megapixels, and there is an integrated 4x zoom. It prints every image in less than a minute -- however, only 25 can be printed per charge.

Don't forget to equip yourself with an SD card.

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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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