In conjunction with our 30 years Anniversary celebration, we have decided to take a walk down the memory lane to give you insights to your favorite gadgets. Here are some fun facts of several iconic electronics that has transformed its aesthetics , functions and user interface from 1988 – 2018! This one’s for the #throwback collectors at heart.
THE ICONIC GAMEBOY (THEN)
Before the Game Boy in 1989, there was the Game & Watch in 1980. The Game & Watch featured a single game on it. They carried games such as classics including Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Bros. The Game Boy was a major leap forward, as it allows many games to be played on one single device, with the use of game cartridges.
NINTENDO SWITCH (NOW)
Fast forward to 2017, with the new Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has come up with a new system for the switch, which is a portable system that can be docked for home play, effectively hybridizing home consoles and handhelds. The Switch also features the “Joy-Con”, which are controllers that are normally attached to the console when being used as a handheld, but can be detached when used for home play. It also allows local multiplayer, unlike previous Nintendo handhelds. The Switch also has online multiplayer functions, unlike the Game Boy, which requires a link cable.
THE WALKMAN (THEN)
In 1988, the Sony WM-BF58 was released. It featured a radio tuner circuitry, which was not present in previous models. It also featured a solar clock. Which has mostly disappeared in today’s Walkman. It is also water-proof, which fits the idea of it being designed for sports.
JVC HA-ET90BT 2018
THE WIRELESS HEADPHONES/EAR PODS (NOW)
Over the next 30 years, the format of the Walkman would face a transition from cassette to CD, to Mini Disc, to MP3, and finally, streaming music. The prevalence of the Walkman has also declined, with the large presence of smart phones. Nowadays, the Walkman is mainly used among audiophiles looking for better sound quality, as it is able to run high-impedance headphones, which cannot be powered fully by smartphones. In 2017, the wireless headphones was then replaced with the release of the wireless ear pods which now has a Bluetooth function and spells the beginning of the end for wired headphones for all but purists and budget seekers.
Nokia P30 1988
THE HANDSET (THEN)
The world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone. With this prototype device, you got 30 minutes of talk-time and it took around 10 hours to charge.
In the very early days of the mobile space handsets weren’t designed with consumers in mind. You’d need a couple of thousand dollars to get hold of one, and even then performance wasn’t great. In 1983, the first mobile phones went on sale. Over 250 million Nokia 1100 devices were sold, making it the bestselling electrical gadget in history.
Samsung Galaxy S9 2018
THE MOBILEPHONE (NOW)
30 years later, we are in the modern century where this one needs no introduction and is largely responsible for changing the face of the mobile space forever. Apple’s iPhone popularized applications with millions of consumers, helped make touchscreen interfaces the norm, and broke new ground for overall design and finish. It’s competitor, Samsung doesn’t fall short. The Galaxy. One thing that might work in the Galaxy S9’s favor depending on whether or not you’re happy to go wire-free is that it has a headphone port, which the iPhone X doesn’t.
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Hp Deskjet Printer 1988
Hp Sprocket Plus 2018
PRINTERS (NOW AND THEN)
A researcher called John Vaught worked for HP in Silicon Valley. He was part of a team trying to create an inkjet printer The HP team was stuck in their efforts, until one day Vaught was inspired by a coffee percolator. The percolator worked by boiling water so that it ‘popped’ inside the device and sprayed over the ground coffee. Vaught realized if he could heat ink, he could get it to pop and shoot onto a page. The first printer to use this technology was the HP DeskJet printer in 1988.
Today, this technology has been further improved and made even more compact, with compact portable printers commonly seen in today’s market. Modern development has allowed information sent from other devices to be easily processed and printed right on the go.
TANDY 1000 TL 1988
Hua Wei Matebook X Pro 2018
COMPUTERS (NOW AND THEN)
In 1974, using the popular Intel processor known as the 8080, the first MITIS Altair 8800 was built by Ed Roberts. This computer had a front panel covered with red LED lights and toggle switches and made Roberts a fortune. One year later, IBM released the IBM Personal Computer, or PC, using their 8080 microprocessor.
They eventually turned to Bill Gates and his small company, Microsoft, to put together and operating system called DOS, based on a product acquired from Seattle Computer Products. Gates retained the rights to a very similar version for his own use and eventually sold these to other computer manufacturers, like Compaq and Dell, who started making IBM compatible hardware. This was the start of the computer as we know it today. Over nearly half a century, major industry names have continued to compete and innovate, making their products sleeker, smaller, faster and more powerful. The “IPad” and “Laptop” era surfaces.
Out with the OLD and In with the NEW!
Calling all Collectors at heart! Here is your chance to bring your old electronics to SITEX 2018.
Do you have any of the products listed above? Would you like to recycle them to bring new life to these electronics?
If the answer is yes to all, we want you to come forth and drop these gadgets at our recycling bins from 22-25 November 2018.
Fill in the form below and tell us which products you would like to recycle and why. The first 30 winners will walk away with attractive prizes and 5 lucky winners will stand a chance to walk away with a SITEX 2018 EXCLUSIVE Pandora Box worth $200 that include mini figurines of the iconic electronics that we have listed in our #throwback30 campaign .
The Pandora box features up to 5 mini figurines such as the Gameboy Thumb drive, the Printer Scroll, the Banana Boat Phone and even the iconic Cassette collectors item. There will also be shopping vouchers within the box for you to spend at SITEX 2018. What are you waiting for? Be the first to hop on this bandwagon!
**Submission of entries end on 22nd November 2018, 23:59.