19 retro gadgets we think should get a reboot
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The Nokia 3310, that hipster from the year 2000, is back with a fresh reboot, and with it comes a fondness for all things retro-gadget. What should the next big tech reboot be? We have some ideas, but let us know what we missed in comments. First: The MacIntosh 128K, the computer that set the standard for everything the company would do in the future.
The classic Blackberry smartphone had some of the most loyal users on Earth. If Nokia can reboot its smartphone, this only makes sense.
With the NES and SNES Classic making such a splash, retro gaming is more popular than ever. With that in mind, it's time to bring back the chief rival to the SNES, Sega Genesis.
The Sony Discman was the epitome of cool in the 1990s. Sure, digital music is clearly the way most people listen to songs, but there are still CDs released every week that demand to be heard, plus those classics you still have from your youth.
Sony discontinued its robotic pet line in 2006. Given the technological advances since then though, a new version of the dog could be very impressive.
Once in awhile it's nice to not have a smartphone in your pocket. With a pager you could step away from the phone while still being reachable in an emergency.
There may be a Tamagotchi app, but nothing compares to the keychain-sized digital pet that's yours to take care of.
One major problem with smartphones is how often screens get cracked. That wouldn't be a problem with a modern flip phone. Just ask Adele.
Bop It! Extreme
Bop It! Extreme is one of the best party games of all time. While Hasbro has had success with lesser versions of the toy, it's time to bring this one back.
After "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," it'll be surprising if Microsoft doesn't release a retro version of their underappreciated MP3 player.
Speaking of "Guardians of the Galaxy," Sony should release an affordable version of their classic Walkman. After all, cassette tapes do still exist, at least, for intergalactic heroes.
Nintendo Game Boy
A true pioneer in mobile gaming, the Nintendo Game Boy could be a retro hit if put back on the market now, complete with "Super Mario Land" and "Tetris."
Once upon a time, CBs were everything -- the original social media. Nothing would give you more old-school geek cred than having one of these in your car.
Given how big a force virtual reality and motion gaming have become, a retooled and rebooted Power Glove might be Nintendo's next great idea.
The animatronic toy bear that plays cassette tapes may seem dated, but a reboot that plays downloaded digital audio files might become your kid's new best friend.
You can load MP3s onto your iPhone, but the simplicity of the original iPod, with its click wheel and basic operating system, is sorely missed.
Tiger Electronic Handheld Games
If you were a cool TV show or movie in the 1990s, you had a Tiger Electronic Handheld Game. The LCD screen technology is dated now, but a rebooted version would be a treat.
Before smartphones, there were PDAs, and there was none bigger than the PalmPilot. It might not have the bells and whistles of an iPhone, but a new version would keep you incredibly organized.
While this is technically the console that killed Sega in that market, it's better than most remember and deserves a second chance.