Fitted inside telephone cases, or even toy organs, these Speccy replicas were less expensive but arguably more creative than the original Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
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Coming from a region with few investors, startup founders in Romania have employed several hacks to approach the global market.
A small company's headphones, said by some to be the best in the world, can trace their roots back to the Soviet era.
With a good startup infrastructure and a strong supply of software skills, Cluj-Napoca in Romania is building itself a reputation as an emerging Eastern European tech hub.
In the days of communism, many Romanian and Bulgarian children, who now are among the countries' leading technologists, learned to code on replicas of Apple II and ZX Spectrum machines.
Yandex, known as the Russian Google, will use feedback from taxi passengers to up its game in autonomous cars.
The low-cost ENTy wearable, which has been tested on over 500 patients so far, seems to have a future helping diagnose people with balance issues.
Yandex, Russia's Google, is optimizing its self-driving tech for bad weather and human drivers who bend the rules.
Low-financed startups could find a home in the eastern European country, where overheads and salaries are a quarter of those in San Francisco.
The tech sector thrives in this Baltic state, and education in the STEM field is at the core of its growth.