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How many do YOU recognise? The obsolete gadgets that will baffle today's youngsters, including portable record players, pagers and answering machines

How many retro gadgets do you recognise?

  • Nostalgia fans have been sharing their much-loved retro gadgets online
  • Answering machines and pagers have been made obsolete by mobile phones
  • Record adapter that looks like fidget spinner used to conver vinyl sizes
  • Flash bar was needed to provide the perfect lighting for photos  

With technology evolving at an ever-increasing pace, the mobile phone you used a mere five years ago probably seems old fashioned already. 

So it's no wonder that today's youngsters would probably struggle to identify tech that seemed like the height of sophistication back in the '80s and '90s. 

Nostalgia fans have been sharing images of their much-loved retro gadgets online, but most of them will be almost unrecognisable to today's smart phone users.

Gadgets such as pagers and electronic organisers are now totally obsolete with people using their phones to communicate and arrange their schedules, while video and cassette players are also long gone. 

And those used to today's sleek consoles might struggle to even identify the kind of clunky boxed covered in buttons that people used for gaming a few decades ago. 

The brick-like mobile phones of yesteryear bear very little resemblance to today's sleek gadgets

The brick-like mobile phones of yesteryear bear very little resemblance to today's sleek gadgets

Can you guess what it is? Now you can play your music on your phone, but in the '70s you had to carry around this portable record player for 33 inch vinyl
Now your computer game comes in a slim plastic case, but in 1981 a tabletop device such as Astro Wars was the norm

Can you guess what it is? Now you can play your music on your phone, but in the '70s you had to carry around this portable record player for 33 inch vinyl (left). Now your computer game comes in a slim plastic case, but in 1981 a tabletop device such as Astro Wars was the norm

That's not a Playstation! The Intellivision was a games console developed my Mattel in the late 1970s 

That's not a Playstation! The Intellivision was a games console developed my Mattel in the late 1970s 

Not a fidget spinner! Record adapters slot into the centre of 45RPM vinyl so it can be played on the LP or 78rpm spindle of a turntable 

Not a fidget spinner! Record adapters slot into the centre of 45RPM vinyl so it can be played on the LP or 78rpm spindle of a turntable 

The original device for taking your selfies: If you wanted to capture yourself in the best light, you needed a high powered flash bar for your camera 

The original device for taking your selfies: If you wanted to capture yourself in the best light, you needed a high powered flash bar for your camera 

When you couldn't call someone on their mobile to leave a voicemail, an answering machine like this one from the 1980s would record your message 

When you couldn't call someone on their mobile to leave a voicemail, an answering machine like this one from the 1980s would record your message 

When email was only a twinkle in the eye! A rare fax machine developed in the 1930s 

When email was only a twinkle in the eye! A rare fax machine developed in the 1930s 

The ColecoVision games console released in 1982 promised an arcade game style experience 

The ColecoVision games console released in 1982 promised an arcade game style experience 

Do you remember Pong? People entertained themselves with this tennis game before modern graphics 

Do you remember Pong? People entertained themselves with this tennis game before modern graphics 

The pre-podcast days: Sony's ICFSW100 was a portable radio and clock that was slim enough to slip into your pocket 

The pre-podcast days: Sony's ICFSW100 was a portable radio and clock that was slim enough to slip into your pocket 

The original text messaging: Pagers were hugely popular in the '90s before mobiles becamse widespread 

The original text messaging: Pagers were hugely popular in the '90s before mobiles becamse widespread 

An upgrade on the Filofax! The Pam Pilot personal organiser was the must-have gadget of the early '90s 

An upgrade on the Filofax! The Pam Pilot personal organiser was the must-have gadget of the early '90s 

 

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