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Gifts for the retro technology fan

Is Space Invaders or Duck Hunting a guilty pleasure? Consider these gifts.
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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.

 

Source: Likecool

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A company called Wild Ties are known for their wacky and unusual tie designs - and this is no exception. 

The design is based on the game Duck Hunting. First appearing on the NES console system, this Nintendo game was produced in 1984. Players used the NES light zapper peripheral to shoot ducks from the sky.

It was also released as an arcade game, and in packs with Super Mario Bros games. 

Recently, this target shooter has found itself rejuvenated in copycat smartphone applications.

 

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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 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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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?  

This sticker set will put you back $45,00 a time, and other options are available to buy online -- including Pac-man borders.  

The design and product has been created by Blik. 

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CeullularFactory have produced an 80s style iPhone cover that would make a great gift for any who pine for the days of brick-like mobile phones. 

The original models and their batteries may have only lasted an hour or so, and left you with an aching, bloodless arm, but this cover only replicated the look and not the weight - luckily. 

The 80s phone is no longer a strong status symbol, but as a novelty gift or as a prop for a fancy dress party, you can combine your iPhone model with the look of a classic, as well as protect it from scratches and bumps.  

 

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There are a lot of retro designs that are being recreated with a modern twist.

The Auto Flip clock costs $35, and is powered by a 9V battery. Gear operated, the flip mechanism comes down every 60 seconds (surprise surprise). 

Available at ChinaVasion, the clock's base, spine and frame are all solid metal. The number swatches are fashioned from acrylic, and the turn dial is situated on the right side of the desk clock. 

 

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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

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Priced at £32.99 ($52), the 302 Desk Phone is a salute to 1930's phone models.

The original model was one of the first phones that used a bell in the base of a unit, usually cast in metal - later to be produced using heavy-duty plastics.

The 302 Desk Phone has push button dialing, and can plug into a standard phone socket.

Features include:

  • Push button dialing 
  • Redial button
  • Ringer volume on/off switch
  • Tone/pulse switch
  • Earpiece volume control

Source: Shiny shack

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This £12.99 ($20) gift is probably most suited for today's tech-savvy tween (I couldn't imagine many suits using this cover on the way to work) but it's a nice idea nonetheless. The retro controller clip-on case is compatible with iPhone models, including the iPhone 4. 

Dimensions: 1.5 x 14.2 x 15 x 7cm

Weight: 226g

 

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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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One for the parents -- do they have piles of cassettes that hold some great, old tunes -- but perhaps should be brought into the modern age? This USB cassette deck allows the conversion of such recordings into mp3 files, and is priced at £89.99 ($142).

Taking its appearance from 80s machines, the USB Cassette Deck has slow-opening doors (the slower the better back in the day) a tape counter and metal/CrO2 tape selector -- as well as two decks so you can record from tape to tape if you wish. Complete with Audacity and EZ tape software, the imported music can also be imported automatically into iTunes.

 

Source: Firebox

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