18 Jun Our Favourite Technology as Children
Previously, we’d written about the Struggles of Working in Digital, and it got us thinking. Yes, technology is temperamental and yes, it does make you facepalm, but isn’t there some technology out there that we all loved once upon a time?
Asking a group of adults what tech they love would just be another post about iPhones, Macbooks, and Selfie Sticks. So we sent an e-mail to the entire office asking what their favourite pieces of tech were as children. With all these bittersweet sentimental emotions floating through the email chain, we couldn’t help but turn it all into a post.
No one could hold onto the battery lid at the back of the Gameboy for more than a month, those things went missing faster than any tupperware lid.
For most of us, our first pets were on these little electronic eggs. We very quickly learned about the circle of life as our pets were born every morning before school only to die whilst we were at school. If you were lucky enough to have a parent do the feeding whilst you were at school, then maybe your pet lived for more than a couple days.
No one really wears a rucksack anymore, and maybe that’s because no one has to walk around with a bag full of cassette tapes anymore, or maybe it’s because we traded our cassettes in for minidiscs.
Who remembers tilting the device in all kinds of directions to try and catch the light from the street lamp when playing this game in the car at night?
Ok so it’s not actually a toy, but it might as well be. Especially if you played that game where you have to stick a pencil in one of the holes to rewind a movie.
Sega Mega Drive
Previously, we’d written about facepalming yourself when a technology related incident occurred. When the Sega Mega Drive was around, you’d deal with the situation by taking the games card out, blowing into it, then slamming it back in because the game froze or glitched.
Any pocket money you were given would be spent on buying magazines full of codes. Copying these codes onto your Commodore 64 and being lucky enough to type it all without a typo paved the way for some of the current internet mega minds.
All of these suggestions were ones that were mentioned once, but here’s a list of all the other suggestions made by the team. Some aren’t as techie as others;
The household fax machine
Tomytronic Pac Man
Babyliss Crazy Braid
Galaxy Invaders 1000
TV with remote control
Coke can walkman
It’s likely that all your toys were thrown out when you hit your teens. If you were smart enough to keep any of yours you should tweet us with pictures! Even if you don’t have them, tweet us @SwipeStation and let us know what your favourite was.